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“History comes alive!”

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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“History comes alive!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 August 2014

The levels of history are fantastic - it really was a highlight for us, especially walking around what was a Roman house. We walked and thought 'they built this, and decorated it with these little patterned tiles to accent the rooms, it was a home many hundreds of years ago'; it truly brought the past alive for us. I am glad we went

Visited August 2014
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“Levels of history bellow ground”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 August 2014

Just a few minutes walk south of the Colosseum and very nice on a hot day. But it closes from 12:30 to 3PM. Fortunately for us we arrived at about 2:45 so we were one of the first in line for the lower levels. We headed straight for the lowest level so we could be undisturbed for several minutes, then we went back to see the first level.

It is quite an experience to be two full levels underground and realize that it used to be the street level.

It's a shame that you cannot take photographs.

Visited July 2014
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New York
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“Step down in history”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 August 2014

See this church before visitng the pilgrim churches. Lovely mosiacs in a small church. Entrance is a bit difficult to locate - read ahead. Absolutely no picture taking - take you pictures outside in the small courtyard. Descend steps to view excavations of early Christian chuch and a Roman temple.

Visited April 2014
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Lommel, Belgium
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“Impressive 3-in-1”
4 of 5 bubbles 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.

Visited August 2014
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“Temple of Mithras”
5 of 5 bubbles 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.

Visited July 2014
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