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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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Santa Maria Maggiore is a Better Choice

The history of the Basilica of St. John in Lateran makes it seem an obvious choice for a visit while in Rome. If you're pressed for time, however, I would visit Santa Maria... read more

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

The history of the Basilica of St. John in Lateran makes it seem an obvious choice for a visit while in Rome. If you're pressed for time, however, I would visit Santa Maria Maggiore instead. The mosaics there and the atmosphere of the basilica are much more compelling, in my opinion. St. John in Lateran is impressive, but it's a... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

This is a must see. I have seen churches all over the world and this one made my top 2 or 3. The design and art on display was breathtaking. Beautiful.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Pope Francis celebrated Mass in St. John Lateran. We sat towards the rear of the church and did not see much of him from that distance. However, we could hear everything through the superb sound system. St. John Lateran is a wonderful space for worship. The choir was excellent making for an etherial atmosphere. Security was quite visible, which was... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Lovely church even if it's to say you have been there but so many more churches to see. Beautiful architecture, great building

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

You'll need a lot longer here than you might imagine, and don't miss the gardens. Despite a lot of security on the outside, it's free to get in and there is a lot to see. Take plenty of 2 euro coins the audio visual guides are well worth it.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

One of four major basilicas in Rome - it is a must see. It is a bit out of the way or, better said, toward the edge of town - but, don't let that stop you. We loved every inch of it - even in the heat of summer.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

(1) Arcibasilica di San Giovanni in Laterano, the first church built in Rome, was the original Seat of Roman Bishops (Popes) who had resided here until French Pope Clement V moved the papal seat to Avignon, France. This had been dedicated to both St. John the Baptist and St. John the Evangelist as co-patrons. But Christ the Savior has remained... More 

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Lateran has great history in the role of the Pope. This massive basilica will astound you and it is worth getting a docent to rake you on a tour to truly appreciate the rich history.

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Lovely ice cream with great choice of flavours. Purchase ticket for desired amount at counter in shop before going to the actual ice cream counter where they serve you.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Lots to see and do here. Be sure to check out the huger bronze doors - they were originally at the Roman Senate! The Holy Stairs are across the street. No guide or AV equipment when we were there so download info before you go.

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