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Address: Piazza di San Giovanni in Laterano 4, 00184 Rome, Italy
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Interesting building

The only baptistery in Rome is behind the Lateran cathedral. I think this is the oldest baptistery .

Reviewed 21 April 2017
Sofia, Bulgaria
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Sofia, Bulgaria
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Reviewed 21 April 2017

The only baptistery in Rome is behind the Lateran cathedral. I think this is the oldest baptistery .

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Ansbach, Germany
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Reviewed 26 December 2016 via mobile

Very close to the Basilica so it is probably often overlooked. Beautiful little building. Well little being relative. No cost to enter.

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Dublin, Ireland
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Reviewed 23 July 2016

This was one of the most ornate baptisteries we visited while in Italy. It is easily accessible on foot or via public transport and there is no entry fee. The central baptismal font alone is worth visiting here for. It won't take up much of your time <15 mins but worth pairing with a visit to San Giovanni in Fonte.

Thank JenandNeil365
Alpharetta, Georgia
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Reviewed 27 June 2016

One of the oldest places of worship in Rome. It is the first Christian baptistery ever built and it served as a model for most of the baptisteries built after it. Don’t miss it when you visit Basilica of St. Giovanni in Laterano

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Rainham, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 4 June 2016 via mobile

The baptistry is an astounding space, wonderful mosaics and a sense of history and continuity. This building set the pattern for many baptism spaces around Europe, the chapel which belongs to an older iteration of the basilica is quite special too- a great sense of peace in there.

Thank James H
Rome, Italy
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Reviewed 14 February 2016

The baptistry font itself was worth the visit - the statues and reliefs on it were really interesting. Definitely worth the 10-15 minutes it takes to see it!!

Thank Jackie G
Hong Kong, China
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Reviewed 30 August 2015

Lateran Baptistery is a detached part of Basilica di San Giovanni that can be visited via a separate entrance found on Piazza in front of the church. This is a historically important structure in Rome that is beautiful to view from within. Historically, it seems that Emperor Constantine had a Baptistry built here in the 4th century, upon the grounds... More 

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Minnetrista, Minnesota
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Reviewed 24 July 2015

This church is kind of out of the way, but it’s beautiful and well worth the visit. It’s right near the bus stop, so taking the public transportation there is easy.

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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 20 July 2015

We see all the basilicas and the Cathedral of St John Lateran, along with shrines like the Holy Stairs and we think we see Early Christianity. We see the places, but not the structures. Most are either re-builds from the 16th century or later. It is not easy to,find early Christian places in Rome without being an archaeologist and digging!... More 

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Monroe, MI
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Reviewed 28 October 2014

This church is worth finding and visiting in Rome -- it is absolutely beautiful inside. There was a mass in session at the time I visited but you could still enter and walk about either side, or sit and attend the service if you wish. Your visit could be 10-minutes or 2 hours. I was there for about 45-minutes but... More 

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