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
Tras sus austeros muros se halla una pequeña basílica llena de encanto. De visita obligada el claustro y los mosaicos del siglo XII. Horario: de lunes a sábado, de 9 a 12:30 y de 15:00 a 18:00. Doming... more »Behind its austere walls is a small basilica full of charm. A must-see the cloister and the mosaics of the XII century. Hours: Monday to Saturday, from 9 to 12:30 and from 15:00 to 18:00. Sundays: from 12:00 to 18:00. Free access.
This time we were in Rome for an entire week and we had time to visit the city thoroughly. We visited this basilica close to the Colosseum, walking all the way from Termini Station. This Basilica is o... more »
The church itself is beautiful, with a lamb of god theme that we hadn't seen in any other church. The real draw though, and well worth the 10 euro charge, is down below. You really get to see in action how Rome is built in layers, which is often mentioned but can be hard to visualize. You can see how they altered structures below to make them suitable to build on top of them here. Realizing the 'ground level' in Rome is a solid 25 feet above ground level, and that its probably like that in the whole neighborhood makes you wonder what other treasures are down there. Well worth it.
The ruins were interesting, but they don't allow any photos and there is a heavy soaking of Catholicism throughout, making the descriptions a little hard to understand at times. Other Rome churches were pleasant to visit but this tourist experience was a bit poor comparatively. Seeing the different levels of church and the roman mint below was quite cool and a unique experience so it's still worth a visit.
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