Rome Attractions Archbasilica of St. John Lateran

Posted 22.04.2014 by Leigh

Address: Archbasilica of St. John Lateran, Piazza di San Giovanni in Laterano 4, 00184 Rome, Italy.

Consecrated in 324 A.D., the Archbasilica of St. John Lateran (Italian: Arcibasilica Papale Di San Giovanni In Laterano) is in fact the official ecclesiastical seat of the Bishop of Rome who of course is the Pope. The basilica is the oldest of the 4 'major basilicas' and is called an 'Archbasilica' because it ranks above all other Catholic churches, including Saint Peter's in the Vatican. Although the Archbasilica lies outside the Vatican and within Rome, it enjoys extraterritorial status as one of the properties of the Holy See, like several other building scattered around the Eternal City. It is easy to reach the cathedral, as it is located just around the corner from the S. Giovanni metro station (A (red) Line), although visitors can walk from the historic centre if they prefer and discover some of the hidden delights Rome has to offer.

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