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San Giovanni in Laterano
- San Giovanni in Laterano
- Alt Name:
- Rome Cathedral
- Early Modern (1500AD-1800AD)
- 1500AD - 1599AD
- St Peter’s Basilica, Vatican Museums,
about San Giovanni in Laterano
San Giovanni in Laterano, or Rome Cathedral, is a basilica known to many as the “cathedral of the world”, by virtue of the fact that it is the cathedral of Rome and thus the seat of the Pope.
Founded by the Roman Emperor Constantine the Great in the early fourth century BC, San Giovanni in Laterano was dedicated to John the Evangelist and John the Baptist.
The current structure mostly dates to the late sixteenth century, the cloisters to the thirteenth century and its façade is an eighteenth century creation. In fact, San Giovanni in Laterano was rebuilt several times over the centuries including a controversial redecoration during the papacy of Innocent X which obscured many original frescos.
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Address: Piazza San Giovanni in Laterano 4, Rome, Italy
Phone: 06 6988 6433
San Giovanni in Laterano can be reached via metro line A to San Giovanni station. Buses 16, 81 and 85 stop nearby.
San Giovanni in Laterano is open daily, 7am-6:30pm (cloisters close 6pm). Entry is free to the cathedral and €2 for the cloisters.
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