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About Archbasilica of St. John Lateran

The Archbasilica of St. John Lateran, also known as “Basilica di San Giovanni in Laterano” is the first of the four major basilicas in Rome, Italy. This is the ecclesiastical seat of the Pope and known as the “Cathedral of Rome and the World” due to its religious significance and rich history.

St. John Lateran was built in the 4th century by Constantine the Great as the first church in Rome. This basilica is unique in the fact that it was classified for centuries as the official residence of the Pope and is the oldest church in the western world. The striking, towering statues of the Apostles can be viewed at the Archbasilica of St. John Lateran, and there are many items and relics of historical significance. The central bronze doors are originals from the Senate House in the Imperial Forum and the statue of Constantine the Great was discovered in the ruins of the Roman Baths of Diocletian. There are relief panels depicting Old and New Testament scenes and intricately painted frescoes throughout. The columns, arches, and ceilings are breathtaking and show incredible attention to detail. The High Altar is said to contain a fragment of the table used at the Last Supper and can only be accessed by the Pope. For anyone visiting Rome with an interest in religion, art, history, or architecture, the archbasilica of St. John Lateran should definitely be on the itinerary.

St. John Lateran Basilica can be reached easily by metro. Disembark at San Giovanni station and walk just a few minutes to the church. There are also bus routes which service the area and tram networks which connect the Colosseum to the Basilica on a regular basis.

The Archbasilica of St. John Lateran is the oldest church in the west and holds the title of the “ecumenical mother church of the Catholic faith”. It was also the Papal residence of Rome for many centuries. At the end of the Avignon Papacy in 1377, the residence was moved to St. Peter’s Basilica in Vatican City. Today, many people of all faiths make the journey to St. John Lateran.Its natural beauty, spectacular statues, artwork and rich historical tapestry attracts visitors from all over the world.

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Radisson Blu Es Hotel Roma

Radisson Blu Es Hotel Roma
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Esquilino, Rome
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Radisson Blu Es Hotel Roma is situated in the heart of Rome and offers a rooftop pool. This modern hotel is an ideal base for exploring the local vineyards as it is set in the Latium Wine Region.

Hotel Milton Roma

Hotel Milton Roma
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Esquilino, Rome
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Strategically located in the centre of the city, this 4-star hotel makes for an ideal base in Rome. It also offers free Wi-Fi, a coffee bar and valet parking.

Hotel Napoleon Rome

Hotel Napoleon Rome
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Esquilino, Rome
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Conveniently located in the centre of the city, this 4-star hotel makes for an excellent base in Rome. It is set in the area's vibrant nightlife district, about a five-minute walk from Piazza Vittorio Emanuele II.

Hotel Villa San Lorenzo Maria

Hotel Villa San Lorenzo Maria
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Hotel Villa San Lorenzo Maria is located in Rome and features free Wi-Fi. It is situated in close proximity to plenty of popular bars, clubs and restaurants.

Eurostars Saint John

Eurostars Saint John
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Esquilino, Rome
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Located in Rome, Eurostars Saint John offers stylish, 4-star accommodation close to Archbasilica of St. John Lateran. This modern hotel is set in the heart of the city.

Hotel Capo d'Africa

Hotel Capo d'Africa
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Conveniently located in the middle of the city, this 4-star hotel makes for an ideal base in Rome. It has a gym, as well as valet parking, a rooftop terrace and an express check-in and check-out feature.

Mercure Rome Colosseum Centre

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Boasting a rooftop pool and a rooftop terrace, Mercure Rome Colosseum Centre is located in Rome and offers comfortable accommodation. It is conveniently situated in the city centre.

Best Western Hotel President

Best Western Hotel President
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Strategically located in the centre of the city, this 4-star hotel makes for an excellent base in Rome. The air-conditioned rooms are equipped with flat-screen TVs and free wireless internet.

SHG Hotel Portamaggiore

SHG Hotel Portamaggiore
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Conveniently located in the middle of the city, this 3-star hotel makes for an excellent base in Rome. It provides garden views and free Wi-Fi.

Domus Sessoriana

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