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St. Clement Basilica, Rome

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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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  • This historic multilayered church records the history of Rome from Early Christianity until the Middle Ages. There are three layers which you can visit. Our group was also lucky enough to have mass... 
    This historic multilayered church records the history of Rome from Early Christianity until the Middle Ages. There are three layers which you can visit. Our group was also lucky enough to have mass...  more »
  • When a dream becomes reality. Three levels archeological site, only in Rome you can find such an incredible variety of cultural heritage. 
    When a dream becomes reality. Three levels archeological site, only in Rome you can find such an incredible variety of cultural heritage.  more »
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  • St Clement Basilica was an ok destination. The underground church that lies under the existing basilica is worth checking out but pictures are prohibited. Being underground was a good way to get out of the midday heat so if you plan on exploring this place, I'd recommend going during the day. I would also recommend going on a guided tour because having a tour guide definitely helped explain the significance of the history that lies within this building.
  • Wonderful to be able to go in the tunnels and see the Mithraem temple and the different layers of history. Also loved the sound of the river running underneath. The basilica above is stunning as you would expect in Rome. Very helpful lady in the booking area when I messed up the online booking!

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