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Basilica di San Clemente al Laterano
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Basilica of San Clemente Small-Group Tour in Rome
Ranked #43 of 2,014 things to do in Rome
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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 3 weeks ago

It's one thing to see historic structures throughout Rome that cover a wide range of eras. It's quite another to experience three different eras in a single structure, transporting yourself centuries in the past with each successive descent. That's what St. Clement's Basilica is like. A three "level" experience, it starts in an ornate basilica on ground level. Pay 5 euro to delve deeper, and your first downward step is into a lower, older basilica underneath, something that was brought into existence in the 4th Century. And below that, yet another step down brings you into an old series of chambers that are believed to have existed in either the Roman Republic or early Roman Empire period, complete with a possible ritual room for a pagan god.

It's the experience of descending deeper and deeper into layers of history that captivated me, comparing and contrasting the structures and seeing evolution in reverse. And, as an added bonus, you get to catch a glimpse of Rome's running water in one of the lowest-level chambers.

For 5 euro and an hour of your time, it's more than worth it to just soak in the history. I highly recommend it.

Thank Austin S
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

3 levels of history, amazing, esp the pagean cave. going down 3 levels really adds to the experience

Thank Ian E
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The word ‘awesome ‘ is very, very frequently used and more misused by people from the USA. Everything is ‘awesome’ shoes, clothes, etc etc. The word is rarely used correctly as an expression of the awe which grips a person upon seeing or experiencing something which takes your breath away - a pair of runners are not ‘awesome’. San Clemente Basilica in Rome is AWESOME- the deeper underground you go the further back in time you go until you are eventually walking an ancient street of Ancient Rome. You see houses, springs if fresh water as used in ancient time still flowing, you see a pagan temple and much more. It is AWESOME. You rise to the ancient Basilica with its fading frescos almost invisible but some still vibrant. This is AWESOME. At the top is the current Basilica used everyday. This too is AWESOME. For a truly AWESOME experience and to learn the real meaning and application of the word go to San Clemente.

2  Thank GeGa
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The Lateran is a must see for Christian pilgrims. It is a beautifully decorated temple of God. I particularly appreciated the fabulous stonework and use of many colors of marble.

Thank Suzanne W
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

A very interesting place to visit and learn about some of the religious history of Rome. You actually get to see the archaeological excavation of two 1st century churches under a 6th century church which is under a 12th century church.

Thank codymuse
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