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Basilica di San Clemente al Laterano

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Address: Via Labicana 95, 00184 Rome, Italy
Phone Number: +39 06 774 0021
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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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A most unique architectural feat!

I have never seen anything like it before (except that I've brought people here on two separate trips, it's that fascinating!). Three different places of worship, layered like a... read more

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Wick, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

I have never seen anything like it before (except that I've brought people here on two separate trips, it's that fascinating!). Three different places of worship, layered like a cake. From the underground temples to Mithras, to majestic early Christian church, to incredibly lavish basilica ... an unbelievable day!

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Who knew all of that was under that very old looking building? It was amazing! I wasn't that interested in the church but what was under it. It's just so interesting that there are 3 levels down below. We didn't feel claustrophobic at all and it's just so cool to wander around and imagine people using it way back when.... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This is truly worth a visit. It is comprised of 3 levels, the top being the most recent Church, working down to a place of pagan worship> The history here is simply staggering. We brought a guide with us and were mesmerized.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This basilica is beautiful! Many fine details in the artwork and tiles that were different from other basilicas in Rome. Plus, the two lower levels are archeological finds which we found very intriguing! Pay the 6 Euros to see it! It is worth it!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We toured the Basilica and all the levels below with our excellent guide Tiffany McIver. We learned all about the history and evolution of the building in a very personal and interesting way, making it much more valuable that just walking through as a tourist on my own. It is a wonderful example of Roman history.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

you cannot go wrong stepping inside ALL the churches. They are awe inspiring. Just make sure to take your hat off, and cover your shoulders.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Just 2 blocks from colosseum this little church is well worth visiting mostly for the excavations below. There is a self guided tour brochure in multiple languages, but I wish I had gone with a guide. It is somewhat confusing with multiple rooms & levels ---I was by myself & worried needlessly that I would get lost. A guide would... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Basilica di San Clemente in Labicana is very unique for various reasons. First of all the same structure embodies three structures extending from prechristian period through the 13th century. The lowest level consists of the Mythra temple, and which is unique in Rome. Then the second level represents the fourth century basilica. Finally the upper level is a typical twelfth... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The church itself is somewhat interesting but the layers of uncovered ruins below the church are the real reason to go here! You will see the layouts of the previous church and at the lowest level, some homes with a spring running through for fresh water. It's incredible to think about the people who lived and worshipped here for centuries.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The Basilica is beautiful, but that's not the only reason for going... Go into the gift shop and buy tickets to access recently discovered (1950's) ruins underneath. The Basilica was built upon an older church, which was, in turn built upon a Roman Warehouse that dates all the back to the 1st century AD. Also discover the secret river running... More 

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