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Basilica di San Clemente al Laterano

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Address: Via Labicana 95, 00184 Rome, Italy
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Constructed between 1110 and 1130, this church of San Clemente is not one,...

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.

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Not sure you have seen three historical sites built one on top of the others, summarizing more than 2000 years. This place has a magnificent Middle Age basilica, built on top of a... read more

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Not sure you have seen three historical sites built one on top of the others, summarizing more than 2000 years. This place has a magnificent Middle Age basilica, built on top of a 4th century church, built on top of a Mitra temple and a Roman house and street. You can travel into the past only descending the stairs and... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Amazing treasures in full view, lots of security. The ceilings and their ornate carvings must have taken years to complete. There were a lot of families and young children were getting very fed up and bored. The queues to enter were very long and were taking 3-4 hours to get into the Basilica. We bought our tickets through the Big... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

St. Clement's Basilica is a fascinating journey through history in the 3 levels to this church. The top level is an ancient church with a monastic choir in the center. The basement was the original church, now with huge pillars supporting the upper church. But below that is the ancient Roman dwelling. It costs a little to go downstairs, but... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We used Dark Tours to visit here as well as the catacombs and Cappucine Crypts. It's an amazing piece of history. Take the tour and learn!!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I stayed in a hotel nearby, stumbled into this church, what a find! Layers and layers of history, in such an unassuming spot. Definitely worth visiting if in the area of the Colosseum, plus nice neighborhood restaurants in the area. Also nice to enjoy something special far away from the crowds. Perfect example of how amazing this city is --... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Nowhere else in Rome gives such a clear idea of the city's layering. The present church was built over the partially intact 4th-century basilica that was burned in the Norman sacking of 1084, the space then filled in to provide a foundation, and "lost" until 1857, when a priest accidentally rediscovered it, and began the long process of emptying out... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We had a guide for this visit, and from the street, you would never know what surprises this place had in store. I would think you would have to appreciate history to fully enjoy, but amazing sites inside... Very impressive.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

See the hot spots of course, but definitely plan this into your day. An incredible find with an amazingly beautiful church above layers of history- literally! About a 20 min walk from the Colosseo and way off the tourist path- this was a great break from the crowds. Cute restaurants and a couple of shops along with 2000 years of... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The Basilica itself is not that impressive and we came to see the underground levels of the church which we have been told is very impressive and an important part of Roman history Unfortunately access is not possible between 12 (noon) and 3 pm - so we missed this as we were 30 seconds late :-(

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If you visit any church; visit this one. Better than....any. Also: underneath the church are beautiful caves

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