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Basilica di San Giovanni

Basilica di San Giovanni

The Basilica of St John Lateran was built in the 4th century by Constantine the Great and was the first church built in Rome. It is the cathedral of the Diocese of Rome, and as such ranks above all other Roman Catholic churches, even St Peter's Basilica in the Vatican. It is the official ecclesiastical seat of the Pope, and it is here that he celebrates Mass on certain religious holidays. The building has suffered much damage in the past and has been rebuilt several times, leaving only fragmented parts of the original church. The present building is characterised by its 18th-century fa?žade and contains several important relics, a 13th-century cloister and an ancient baptistery. Inside are numerous statues, paintings, the High Altar that can only be used by the Pope, and a cedar table that is said to be the one used by Christ at the Last Supper. Across the street is one of the holiest sites in Christendom that is visited by pilgrims from around the world: the Palace of the Holy Ste
Address: Piazza S. Giovanni in Laterano
Telephone: +39 06 6988 643
Transportation: San Giovanni metro station is on Line A. Buses can be caught from Piazza Venezia and the Colosseum in downton Rome.
Opening Time: Open daily from 7am to 6.45pm
Admission: Free entry to the Basilica, but EUR2 to see the Cloister. Tourist tax: EUR1

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