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.
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