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Typology: Non Parish Church, Small Basilica


Address: Via di San Giovanni in Laterano, 45
Zone: Quartiere Appio Latino (Roma sud)


Opening times

For the timetable of the masses and visiting conditions, please consult the contacts.

Visit to the underground archaeological site
To visit the underground archaeological site, visitors need to buy a ticket

The Basilica will be open for visits from 8 March until further notice. Due the medical emergency concerning the COVID-19 infection, visits to the Basilica of St Clement and to the excavations will be organised following the rules that have been established http://www.basilicasanclemente.com/ita/index.php/informazioni/procedure-e-norme-per-le-visite. These rules are necessary in order for the visit to take place under the best and most safe conditions. In this sense they are more important than the ordinary conditions indicated in the individual sections of the official website. For this reason, visitors are invited to take careful note of them before booking and to keep them in mind during your visit. The staff of the reception is available to provide any assistance and to answer your questions on the official website. For this reason, visitors are invited to read the information before proceeding with their reservation and to remember it during the visit. The basilica's reception desk is available to provide useful assistance and to answer your questions at the following e-mail address segreteria@basilicasanclemente.com

Scheduled events


San Clemente in Laterano is one of the most interesting and antique basilicas in Rome. It was built before 385 and dedicated to St Clemens, the third Pope after St Peter. It consists of two overimposed churches, built over Roman buildings of the Republican period, and on the ruins of a temple of the God Mithras. The lower church was the seat of various councils during the fifth century. Destroyed after the invasion by Robert Guiscard (1084), it was restored during the eighth and ninth century. In 1108 Pope Paschal II built the upper church on its ruins, and it was restored by Carlo Fontana under the papacy of Clemens XI. The architect built the modest baroque façade using the antique granite columns for the arched portico. The interior was remodelled by Fontana, and yet still preserves the typical aspect of an antique Roman basilica: it is divided, in fact, into three naves with two marble and granite columns having Ionian capitals. The church is served by the Irish Domenican Fathers.

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Last checked: 2022-06-27 10:38