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Arcibasilica di San Giovanni in Laterano

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Address: Piazza di Porta San Giovanni, 4, 00184 Rome, Italy
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Known to be the first church in Christendom, this church belongs to the...

Known to be the first church in Christendom, this church belongs to the Vatican and has the privileges of extraterritoriality.

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Beautiful church worth visiting

We went to see this church on our last day in Rome when the family was "done" with the many churches we had visited in several cities. It was worth the 25 minute walk from the... read more

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

We went to see this church on our last day in Rome when the family was "done" with the many churches we had visited in several cities. It was worth the 25 minute walk from the Pantheon and was breathtaking.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

The church of Saint John the Lateran is simply majestic. One of the most impressive churches I've visited. The statues of the Apostles are stunning. Near the metro, totally worth visiting.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

This is a very larg cathedral and it is ornate with some outstanding features. Beautiful and intricate marble floors, frescos, a beautiful apse, exquisitely detailed 16th century Medici ceilings and incredible reliefs and sculptures. St. Bartholomew by Pierre Legros is simply amazing!.it is absolutely amazing inside a must see!

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This church celebrates Mass largely in Italian, apart from a Latin one at 10am on Sundays. It is often overlooked by tourists, but it's in fact an extremely important and beautiful church. There is a rather rigourous security check (similar to that at St Peter's Basilica), before you enter the Archbasilica. Otherwise, it's definitely worth visiting.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I happened to go there on a Sunday morning just as mass was starting. It was a beautiful, moving experience with a choir. The basilica is incredibly beautiful with impressive art everywhere.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

we missed it on our first trip, this was the highlight of our 2nd trip, so if you've been to the top tourist spots and not yet bored of cathedrals and the extraordinary wealth of the catholic church then pop in here for more ;)

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We visited San Giovanni only because we happened to be staying in an apartment a few blocks away. We had a few hours one morning and decided to walk over. It was one of our favorite cathedrals in all of Rome, without huge crowds, but with stunning architecture, monuments, soaring ceilings, and the rest. The three-or four-story wooden doors seen... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This Basilica was once the home of the Holy See before the Vatican assumed that role.The statues alone are worth the visit. The grandeur is magnificent.The placement of windows for light to shine into the Basilica is strategic for its full effect.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

So, this is the Pope's church as the pope is the Bishop of Rome. Slightly out of all touristic routes, therefore there was no crowd waiting to enter. Prepare to be checked as if you are going to the airport. But the church itself is a beauty.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I call this tour a great value. You get 3 churches for the price of one. A 12th century church on top of an early Christian church, on top of a Roman Temple. I only wish we were allowed to take photos.

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