San Giovanni in Laterano
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- 67%Art & Design Lovers
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- San Giovanni in LateranoMember ofWellnessLocal CultureBudget Travelers+ 7Aug 24, 2012
One of Rome's four papal basilicas, San Giovanni sports one of the thirteen stolen obelisks as well as hosts Rome's primo Maggio concert, a big pop concert in honor of Labor Day. Oh, and it's a gorgeous church.
- San Giovanni in LateranoFeb 19, 2014
Like most churches in Rome, each has a story. I prefer this church over St Peter's because there are always fewer people, and there's also a lot to see. The interior was designed by Francesco Borromini, one of Bernini's rivals in Rome during the Baroque era. Often Borromini's work is 'forgotten' so it is nice to pay homage to one of Rome's great artists. The papal tombs are also worth a visit, and the Scala Sancta or Holy Steps are also located nearby, too! Outside stands the Lateran Obelisk, brought over from Egypt in the 4th Century AD and you can see the fusion of Latin and Egyptian hieroglyphs.
- San Giovanni in LateranoFirst to ReviewOct 16, 2013
This may sound like sacrilege but I would recommend that you spend your time here in preference to joining the massive queues at St Peters in the Vatican City.
St Johns (San Giovanni) is the oldest and ranks first among the four major basilicas of Rome itself, as opposed to the Vatican, and is the cathedral of the Church of Rome, Italy, and the official ecclesiastical seat of the Bishop of Rome - who just happens to be The Pope.
There is lots to see here, and the crowds are almost non-existent.
- San Giovanni in LateranoJul 05, 2012
Walk out of San Giovanni in Laterano at night, look across Piazza de Porta San Giovanni to the buildings softly outlined in ethereal green. It's seldom noticed, but really beautiful - take photos; you'll remember the night!
Of course the interior of San Giovanni in Laterno is deliciously outstanding, but the special view at night is just as good to me as looking out over a spectacular water scene. Something about the lights was ethereal.
- San Giovanni in LateranoCommunity ManagerMember ofLocal CultureFoodiesBackpackers+ 4Jul 05, 2012
What amazes me most about Rome is that many of its beautiful attractions are free. San Giovanni in Laterano is no exception. It's huge. Glorious. Stunning. Alive. Walking in here takes the breath away. And for an opposite experience, pay 3€ for the cloisters for some peace and quiet.
PS: There's a public restroom here. You're welcome!
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Aliases: St. John Lateran