To see three ancient churches built on top of one another, visit St. Clement Basilica. The present church in this three-tiered complex was erected just before 1100. Beneath it, a fourth-century structure once included a basement meant to serve as a mithraeum, a place of worship for the followers of the ancient mystery religion called Mithraism. Below that structure is yet another edifice, built on the foundations of an even older building that had been destroyed in the Great Fire of Rome in 64 CE. The present church was transformed over the centuries from a private house, once the site of clandestine Christian worship, to a grand public basilica that has been expanded and renovated to reflect the Roman Catholic church's growing legitimacy and power. As you explore, listen for the sounds of the underground river flowing deep beneath the city. Plan your visit to St. Clement Basilica and a wealth of other attractions, well-known and undiscovered, using our Rome vacation maker .
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St. Clement Basilica Reviews
We visited Basilica di San Clemente in December, having never heard of it before. It was recommended by someone we spoke to so we decided to go and were so pleased we did. The church itself is beautif... more »
The church itself might not be so interesting compared to other Roman churches, but what makes this place unique is its history and that you can literally travel back in time and visit the older churc... more »
One of the most extraordinary place to visit in Rome and in the world. A travel into time, from the beginning of the History to baroque age. It is not so famous only because Rome is too full of top-level destinations but this is something unmissable also for romans who, often, are not aware of the treasures they have few metres from their homes.
Not one of the more popular stops in Rome, but it should be. You will miss it as you drive by because it lacks the grandeur of the other famous places around the city, but the interior is amazing. Pay for the underground ticket to see the original Basilica and the level below it. So glad we went, and a short walk from the Colosseum.
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