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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.
Reviewed 24 August 2014

This Basilica consists of a three-tiered complex of buildings: (1) present basilica (11th Century); (2) 4th-century basilica converted out of the home of a Roman nobleman; (3) the home of a Roman nobleman.
TripAdvisor mentions "Via Labicana 95" as the address: the door there was closed. The entrance is located in the "Via di San Giovanni in Laterano" (a 5 to 10 minutes walk from the Colosseum).
When you enter, you first see a very beautiful church with various (large) paintings.
Entrance to the church is for free. If you want to go down into the lower tiers of the building, you need to pay (6 euro for an adult; free entrance for children). Take a map with you if you are not doing a guided tour. For about 1 hour you follow a path with various types of historical displays / rooms. Very interesting.
Also very worthwhile to know that after a visit to the very busy Colosseum you can "relax" in this Basilica.
Highly recommended.

Thank Eric-Jan
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Reviewed 24 August 2014

I went to the church on a Sunday and it is worth noting that access to the archaeological part is not open until 12pm. The church itself is beautiful but I had gone there to see the mithratic temple to levels underneath the church. It was wonderful to see and only done the road from the Colleseum so one would expect to see more tourists. However this is one of those gems that people miss out on when they stick to the main sites rather than explore the city.

1  Thank markcritt
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Reviewed 23 August 2014

This church was recommended by our hotel host and we are so glad we made time for this well preserved amazing display of living history in the heart of Rome.
The three layered church predates Christ and even has an example of an ancient home with running water. The art and artefacts that date back to pagan times right through to fourteenth century and the overall feeling in this church make it well worth the visit.
As well it's underground mostly and quite cool which is a nice relief if you visit in summer
It's a nice change from the "Disneyland" feeling of some of the larger churches.
We went in 2012 and are going back in a couple of weeks when we return to Rome.

Thank FoodieGTC
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Reviewed 23 August 2014

No need to travel outside Rome to see catacombs. The underground of this church in a small street off the colosseum blew us away. Check their hours on the website first. We arrived and just missed the scheduled tour, so we ate a bite across the street (review coming) and returned for the following trip. Nice convenient location by colosseum and subway station.

Thank VFrances
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Reviewed 23 August 2014

Don't miss this hidden treasure! The Basilica was built on top of another church, which was then built above a pagan temple. for a small entrance fee, you can follow the paths down, down, down, into the ruins and walk the ancient paths and really see something very unusual and fascinating. Added bonus -- cool and not crowded!!

Thank YoginiDiver
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