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Basilica di San Clemente al Laterano
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Owner description: Constructed between 1110 and 1130, this church of San Clemente is not one, but three churches built one above the other, with ruins dating from the earliest Christian times.
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Reviewed 24 June 2014

Simple, quiet but with a big surprise... There are FOUR basilica built one atop the other. A fascinating and different twist to the eternal city

Visited June 2014
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“The history of Rome, all in one building.”
Reviewed 24 June 2014

This basilica is amazing. The first floor is a first century Roman house with running water. Layers upon layers above you reach the current basilica. It is amazing to walk through nearly 2000 years of history in one place.

Visited June 2014
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Montreal, Canada
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Reviewed 24 June 2014

Location: Aventino - from the Colosseum it will take you about 10 minutes to walk it. I would recommend the walk - the neighborhood is quite lovely and typically old-school Italian.

The basilica: This church is not very big, but it is beautiful and worth the visit - the mosaics and frescoes are simply AMAZING. I think the best (and most interesting part) of this visit for me, was being able to visit the archeological areas below the main church. The first level is about 4 meters below the main basilica and dates back to the 4th/5th century. The 2nd level is about 10 meters below street level, and it dates back to the 1st century. It was later transformed into a Mithraeum in the 2nd/3rd century. While visiting, I overheard a guide saying that the building was the seat of an Eastern pagan cult of the god Mithras and was still in use up until about the 4th century. It was a very cool place to check out, especially if you are interested in archeology.

Price point: You can enter the church by donation (no set amount), and if you want to visit the archeo sites, you can get a ticket for 5 Euro. I visited this myself, however I'm pretty sure that the guides I saw below are official guides for the basilica and that the 5 Euro covers a tour. I would suggest checking this out because the guides were very knowledgeable about the history behind this lovely chiesa.

Visited June 2014
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Groningen, The Netherlands
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“A must see when in Rome - experience the time machine”
Reviewed 23 June 2014

No matter how much time you planned for your stay in rome this should be on your must see list.
You experience an amazing travel journey. First you enter the main church which is most recent dating from the 12th century containing beautiful frescos and for me one of rare examples in churches where on the oltar Jesus and his disciples are presented as sheep. There is huge fresco containing st clement.
Than for going deeper into the history you need to pay 5 euros - which are the best spent 5 euros in rome.
Than you find yourself into the 4th century basilica with frescos depicting st cyrilus and methodus bringing the tomb of clementine who was thrown with anchor to the black sea. As well a beautiful fresco with legends connected to st clement which I was not aware before.
Here is a place where st cyrilis was burried as well.

But not only christain altar is present here - there are leftovers of mytrian altar - very rare example of pagan religion altars - amazing.

And as a jewel for the end on the deepest part you find yourself in a house dating from the 1st century- where there is connection to river Tevere- you can imagine how they were living there.

Dont miss this time experience jumping from 13th to 4th and ending in 1st century!:D

Visited June 2014
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“BEWARE of a man at the entrance asking for a donation!”
Reviewed 21 June 2014

Entrance to the main part of the church is free, but BEWARE of a man stood at the door asking for a donation to enter. He is nothing to do with this church. On the day I visited in May, so many people were dropping coins into his collection basket. Most of the churches in Rome have proper donation boxes inside if you wish to make a donation, so always be suspicious of anyone asking for money at entrances as I suspect this is a common tourist scam.

To go into the lower levels, which I would highly recommended, you buy a ticket from a counter in a room just off the main part of the church. The entrance to the lower levels is just to the right hand side of this counter. They give you a little map which is useful as it's very dark down there and confusing if you don't follow the directions.

Visited May 2014
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