Arcibasilica di San Giovanni in Laterano, Rome

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The official ecclesiastical seat of the pope, Arcibasilica di San Giovanni in Laterano is the oldest church in the city. Commissioned by Emperor Constantine, the church was consecrated in the year 324 CE, the first Christian structure to be completed in the city. Though massively renovated over the years, the interior owes much of its current appearance to Francesco Borromini, a prominent Baroque architect. The building's most notable features are the gilded ceiling, a 15th-century mosaic floor, and a central nave lined by 5 m (16 ft) high statues of the apostles. Over the papal altar, you can find a baldachin--an ornamental structure resembling a canopy--that contains the relics of the heads of saints Peter and Paul. The monument to Pope Sylvester II is rumored to have sweated and squeaked on numerous occasions when the death of a pope was imminent. Work out when and for how long to visit Arcibasilica di San Giovanni in Laterano and other Rome attractions using our handy Rome trip planner.
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  • Beautiful church! Cloister was 3 euros entrance, only open till 4:30 unfortunately but the rest of the church is open longer. Security in front which you breeze through. Lax on tourists’ dress but be....  more
    Beautiful church! Cloister was 3 euros entrance, only open till 4:30 unfortunately but the rest of the church is open longer. Security in front which you breeze through. Lax on tourists’ dress but be....  more »
  • I can’t go to Rome without visiting this church. It’s so big that I see something new each time. Go early in the morning to have it to yourself and the extra 3 euro to visit the cloister is well... 
    I can’t go to Rome without visiting this church. It’s so big that I see something new each time. Go early in the morning to have it to yourself and the extra 3 euro to visit the cloister is well...  more »
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  • The mist important church in Rome. Nope! It's not St. Peter's. One of the 4 Basilicas to complete your visit in Rome. Attended a beautiful Sunday mass here. Arrive at 9:45 AM. There's a beautiful music played for half an hour at least. Then mass proper with music starts at 10:30AM. Such a beautiful service.
  • Beautiful church! Cloister was 3 euros entrance, only open till 4:30 unfortunately but the rest of the church is open longer. Security in front which you breeze through. Lax on tourists’ dress but be respectful. One of my favorite churches in Rome to visit ! Magnificent church - true home of the Catholic Church in Rome. The church itself is a great visit. Don’t miss the ancient and gigantic obelisk, from there the baptistery and if you are so inclined, across the street are preserved the stairs on which Christ ascended to Pilate. Constantine’s mother Helen brought them to Rome. The devout ascend them on their knees.

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