Basilica di San Giovanni in Laterano

save place
Photos (0)
Have you been here? Share a tip or a photo with fellow travelers.
Describe what it's like and why travelers should come here. You can also add a photo.
St. John the Lateran Has a Secret
Known as the “mother of all churches”, the Basilica of St. John Lateran is the seat of the bishop of Rome, a.k.a. the Pope. Though slightly less grandiose than St. Peter’s, the Lateran is a masterpiece of architecture with a massive stacked portico facade by Alessandro Galilei and an interior designed by Borromini. A line-up of apostles runs the 230-foot length of the church, while a 13th-century mosaic decorates the apse and there’s even a fresco fragment by Giotto. The Lateran’s best keep secret? The 13th-century side cloister. For a few euro in spare change, the cloister, its unique spiral columns and the Cosmatesque mosaics are all yours.
Have you been here? Share a tip or a photo with fellow travelers.
Piazza di S. Giovanni in Laterano, 4, 00184 Roma RM, Italy
+39 06 6988 6433
Sun - Sat 7am - 6:30pm