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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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  • Bought ticket online, amount paid via credit card, but did not receive ticket via email (and no, it’s not in my spam folder). The Apple Wallet link on the confirmation page is not working either... 
    Bought ticket online, amount paid via credit card, but did not receive ticket via email (and no, it’s not in my spam folder). The Apple Wallet link on the confirmation page is not working either...  more »
  • The basilica only has a handout describing the basilica and the levels underneath. It was quite interesting but I left with the feeling that 80% of the importance or impact was left unknown to... 
    The basilica only has a handout describing the basilica and the levels underneath. It was quite interesting but I left with the feeling that 80% of the importance or impact was left unknown to...  more »
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  • Beautiful Basilica that deserves love and pilgrimage from those of the faith. One of the highlights is one of the very, very few medieval mosaics over the altar. Furthermore, the basilica hosts a catacomb of sorts where Christens in fact worshiped the faith in secret as the Roman empire had made it illegal. If you are one of the faithful visits this basilica as you will be able to learn more about its origins and what life was like when the faith was banned.
  • It is 100% worth visiting, especially to see the Mithraeum in the basement. An ancient cult site of worship that focused on the SUN turned into a Christian site of worship that focused on the SON (of God), whose holy day is Sun-day. Coincidence?

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