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Basilica di San Clemente al Laterano

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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.
Via Labicana 95, 00184 Rome, Italy
+39 06 774 0021
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Reviewed 2 days ago

This is a must see in the layer upon layer of Rome. The street level church is 12 th century manned since the 17th century by Irish Dominicans who continue the excavation work started in1857 by After Mullooly. Underneath lies a a 4th century church...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Kyle S
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This basilica is historically fascinating! We purchased tickets to go underground and view the 2 churches built beneath the existing one and it was awesome to see. Lots of history and an amazing story held within the walls of this place. Many of the construction...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Interesting little church. Main church free (but no photos allowed)to see - the others below ground have a fee. Ok if in area, but not a destination visit.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Darryl R
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Bracketed by triumphal imperial buildings and triumphal Catholic Churches and basilicas, you will remember the walk into this profoundly spiritual place when you leave Rome. Layer on layer over 20 centuries, this is a site of small church and temple, a retreat from the city....More

Date of experience: November 2018
1  Thank CarinP80
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This is a must see when in Rome. It is a bit difficult to find but it isn't far from the Colosseum. The church closes at dinnertime & opens again at 3pm. You go down steep steps to other levels in history as 3 churches...More

Date of experience: November 2018
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Recommended by one of our tour guides, this Basilica is fascinating and shows how Romans built layer upon layer… Just like lasagna! Three churches, one on top of another, dating back to the fourth century, all in one place! A bit off the beaten path...More

Date of experience: November 2018
1  Thank EdsGirlBoston
Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

Basilica di San Clemente is not an attraction which travelers probably visit during their first time in Rome. You have to know it’s existence to find there. Located just few blocks away from Colosseum, you can find an unique piece of history. This basilica was...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed 3 November 2018 via mobile

I visited this Basilica on November 1,2018, a major Catholic holiday. The basilica was open to the public but there was no keeper and the archeological site was closed. Still my husband and I left feeling elated after seeing the beautiful frescoes and other pieces...More

Date of experience: November 2018
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Reviewed 1 November 2018

We headed to nearby San Clemente after the Colosseum and just loved this. It’s a triple decker, with an early Christian church on top, an even earlier one underneath, and a temple to Mithras with other Roman ruins at the bottom. This is a cool,...More

Date of experience: October 2018
1  Thank KatherineHPat
Reviewed 31 October 2018

We went to this site on a lark & am so glad I did! Ruins to visit 3-4 levels below the street bring one back in time to one of the original catholic church’s - private home where the early Christians gathered to worship. It...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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23 September 2018|
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Response from hjtwsm | Reviewed this property |
Sorry we went on a guided tour with a company called "The Roman Guy". The guide was an archaeologist and spoke perfect English, she also took us to the original paving on the Via Appia and The Catacombs.. I suggest you... More
3 June 2018|
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Response from BenMidland | Reviewed this property |
Yes, but only the main level. The different levels under the basilica are only accessible by steep stairs. Proper shoes are recommended and there is a dress code. Good Luck!
27 March 2018|
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Response from Tracy C | Reviewed this property |
No you can pay in the Church