The Basilica of Saint Clement (Italian: Basilica di San Clemente al Laterano) is a Latin Catholic minor basilica dedicated to Pope Clement I located in Rome, Italy. Archaeologically speaking, the structure is a three-tiered complex of buildings: (1) the present basilica built just before the year 1100 during the height of the Middle Ages; (2) beneath the present basilica is a 4th-century basilica that had been converted out of the home of a Roman nobleman, part of which had in the 1st century briefly served as an early church, and the basement of which had in the 2nd century briefly served as a mithraeum; (3) the home of the Roman nobleman had been built on the foundations of republican era villa and warehouse that had been destroyed in the Great Fire of AD 64.
This ancient church was transformed over the centuries from a private home that was the site of clandestine Christian worship in the 1st century to a grand public basilica by the 6th century, reflecting the emerging Catholic Church's growing legitimacy and power. The archaeological traces of the basilica's history were discovered in the 1860s by Joseph Mullooly, Prior of the house of Irish Dominicans at San Clemente (1847-1880).
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|Tuesday||9:00 AM – 12:30 PM, 3:00 – 6:00 PM|
|Wednesday||9:00 AM – 12:30 PM, 3:00 – 6:00 PM|
|Thursday||9:00 AM – 12:30 PM, 3:00 – 6:00 PM|
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|Sunday||12:00 – 6:00 PM|
Ed | Apr 3, 2018
This is a quiet little church which had some really lovely pieces inside. There are no cameras, phones, or low cuts allowed but you should expect that. The church itself is very pretty on the inside with gold adornments and paintings lining the walls and ceiling. I'm not religious but this was a nice 10 minutes breather in the otherwise hectic area.
Vladimir Balaz | Feb 19, 2018
This is a wonderfull building! It combines several distinctive periods and styles. The medieval mosaics in particular are stunning. Do not miss tomb of the St. Cyril / Constantine.
Hansoli O | Feb 18, 2018
If you go all the way, down the stairs (you must pay a small entry fee), you can touch the water of the Roman waterworks. Very cold but quite an experience. Also one of the most beautiful mosiac floors I have ever seen in Italy. Look for the owl in the mosaics on top of the altare.
Vasili Timonen | Oct 28, 2017
Opening times for visitors (including the excavations) are: Weekdays, 9:00 to 12:30, 15:00 to 18:00; Sundays, 12:15 to 18:00. If you see the doors open earlier or later than these times, it is because a Mass is being celebrated. You are not welcome to visit the church during Mass, unless you wish to attend it. Mass is celebrated: Weekdays at 8:00 and 18:30; Sunday at 9:00 and 11:00. The language used is Italian. On Mondays to Fridays the Rosary is recited at 18:00, before Mass. Note that the popularity of the church means that it is worked by beggars. When it is opened in the afternoon, you may have one of them pretending that there is an admission charge or donation. This is an amazing church -those with an interest in early Roman Christianity can spend hours here (I did). The excavations have an admission charge of ten euros -the church relies on this income. Tickets can be bought in the shop. Unlike in the catacombs, you can look around by yourself without a guide to supervise. On the other hand, this means that the rooms of the Mithraeum are gated and are only viewable from the doorways by ordinary visitors. The church has a policy of not allowing any photographs. Please buy the postcards etc if you want pictures. The staff can be serious about this.
Robin Parker | Feb 15, 2018
We attended early when closed but found a bar opposite and had lunch at half the price of the city centre. Once inside pay the 10 Euros for the trip into the underground which takes you back in time. In the school there is a drawing on the wall possibly the teacher which can only be seen from the side gate of the school room.
Scott Brochhausen | Apr 8, 2018
The main church is free but the 10 euros it costs to tour the two underground excavations is well worth it. (Children under 16 are free.) The signs are sometimes poorly lit, but we enjoyed our visit. Allow 1 hour if touring the excavations, 10 minutes for the main church.
Михаил Славчев | May 26, 2018
Here is the tomb of St. Constantine Cyril, who created the Bulgarian alphabet. A very nice church. Recently renovated.
Ron Molenda | May 7, 2018
Must-see. Complementary guide from ticket office very helpful. Like going back (down) in time.
Cassandra Y. | Jul 8, 2018
Sorry... NO photography inside the church. Trust me, if I could, I wouldn't miss the opportunity!! Beautiful church especially the art work on the ceiling. There was underground, paid a small fee to do a self-guided tour. There are so many churches here in Rome, definitely a great place to live for people who are religious. Almost every church we went are super clean and well maintained.
Chase Cook | Jun 24, 2018
Tons of culture here, amazing architecture its incredible they could even build something with this level of grandeur and magnificence. Seriously recommend going and seeing this place as its definitely worth seeing if you are in rome. 8/10.
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