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St John in Lateran's Basilica
311 AD
Free Admission
Average visit time
45 minutes
Piazza di Porta San Giovanni, 00185 Rome RM
Hours of operation
Phone: 0669886433


St John in Lateran's Basilica is one of the oldest churches in Rome and was founded during the pontificate of Melchiade (311-314). The Basilica was built by Costantine on the property belonging to Plauzi Laterani and was donated to the Pope. This donation marked the beginning of the church's secular power. Damaged and rebuilt many times over the centuries, the present state of St John in Lateran's Basilica is from a Borromini design (1646-1649). Inside the church there are five aisles that contain superb frescoes and magnificent statues. The papal altar, covered by a spectacular Gothic canopy, was designed by Giovanni di Stefano and behind it, are the relics of Saints Peter and Paul.


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2/17/2012 14:57
Wonderful frescoes! Don't miss it!

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