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Typology: Non Parish Church


Address: Piazza di San Giovanni in Laterano, 4
Zone: Rione Monti (Colosseo-S.Giovanni-S.Maria Maggiore) (Roma centro)
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Telephone: +39 06 69886452
Fax: +39 06 69886535

Opening times

Every day 09.00am-12.30pm  04pm-6.30pm
Visitors are not  allowed  during  Mass (religious services)
For services schedule please call the Church.
Opening times are subject to change. Please call the Church or visit: www.battisterolateranense.it/



The proper denomination should be “San Giovanni in Fonte”. It was built in the fourth century by Constantine, together with the basilica of Saint John in Lateran, on top of a villa and a thermal building dating back to the second century. Later on it was restored and modified with various operations. The external frieze, decorated with the coat of arms of the Chigi family, is a work by Francesco Borromini (1657). Highly interesting is the entrance with a fragment of Roman lintel. The interior has an octagonal plan. In the center middle, there is an eight porphyry columns ring with Corinthian capitals supporting an octagonal lintel over which there is another order of smaller white marble columns. On the walls there are modern copies of Andrea Sacchi’s  works depicting the stories of Giovanni Battista, under which there are frescoes of Constantine’s stories painted by A. Camassei, G. Gimignani and C. Maratta. In a smaller apse, a  fifth century mosaic is worth to be mentioned. In the middle of a sixteenth century round closure is a font, a green basalt urn with a bronze cover, a work by Ciro Ferri (1634-1689). 


Last checked: 2015-02-19 13:03