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Arcibasilica di San Giovanni in Laterano

Piazza di Porta San Giovanni, 4, 00184 Rome, Italy
+39 06 6988 6433
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Known to be the first church in Christendom, this church belongs to the Vatican and has the privileges of extraterritoriality.
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  • Very good19%
  • Average2%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“beautiful church” (214 reviews)
“holy stairs” (97 reviews)
“scala santa” (63 reviews)
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Piazza di Porta San Giovanni, 4, 00184 Rome, Italy
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"beautiful church"
in 214 reviews
"holy stairs"
in 97 reviews
"scala santa"
in 63 reviews
"mother church"
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"important church"
in 44 reviews
"pontius pilate"
in 27 reviews
"bronze doors"
in 39 reviews
"papal basilicas"
in 31 reviews
"st peters"
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"worth a visit"
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"awe inspiring"
in 37 reviews
"take your time"
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"audio guide"
in 53 reviews
"vatican city"
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"trip to rome"
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"apostles"
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Reviewed yesterday

A great church to visit as there is so much to see , but you cannot take photos inside. This was a Roman Cathedral & the first building of public worship to be erected in Rome and the entire Christian World. It was commissioned by...More

Thank Phil570
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Reviewed 1 week ago

This basilica is a little out of the way compared to the centre of Rome, but the walk to visit is totally worth it. Compared to other similar basilicas, there is practically not queue, and inside is quiet and respectful. The decor and architecture is...More

Thank Dunks961
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Greatly underrated compared with S. Peter this monumental church deserves a dedicated visit. Beautiful architectural details and majestic setting in one of Rome's most beautiful squares

Thank Maurizio F
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The Basilica of San Giovanni in Laterano is located in Piazza San Giovanni and is not the only tourist destination to visit in that area. Porta San Giovanni, the Obelisk, another little chapel, all worth visiting. At the entrance to the basilica there is a...More

Thank Florentin Adria... G
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Also call St John Lateran original build in the 4th Century You will find the steps that Jesus walked when he was brought in front of Pilate Is the oldest of four Major Basilicas in Rome. Great display of Marbel status

Thank 169liza
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Since Constantin i the cathederal is the official seat of the Pope Very impressive building complex and a- must see- baptisterium

Thank marvinge
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Beautiful structure and a most stop for any Christian for one reason. In this church you will find the steps that Jesus walked on when he was brought in front of Pilate. Moving experience as you climb the steps on your knees and for me...More

Thank kliq6
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This is another free church that is absolutely worth visiting if you're in the area. It's completely free, you only have to go through a security scanner at the start and you're in. Inside, there is an amazing ceiling and the main area is lined...More

Thank skyblueaaron
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Reviewed 12 June 2018

The art work is stunning, This is one of the must see Basillica in Rome. Take your time to view the art...it is not just paintings. Be respectful.

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Reviewed 6 June 2018

This is one of the four "major basilicas" in Rome. The church also seats the archbishop of Rome. Since its building in the fourth century it was the main church for the pope for the next one thousand years. It is also considered the "mother...More

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ankenewjersey
16 March 2018|
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Response from Maximilian N | Reviewed this property |
You should be able attend Mass no problem on Palm Sunday, but come earlier.
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Response from MThompsonTX | Reviewed this property |
The guidelines as I remember them, suggest dresses and covered arms, no bare arms for woman. We were there in the winter so it was not an issue. There are specific guidelines for summer attire. I would check the pertinent... More
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Darin R
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Response from Martin F | Reviewed this property |
There is a fragment from the table of the Last supper with Jesus Christ. The statues of the apostles is awesome.
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