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"See the Different Levels of San Clemente Basilica" Basilica San Clemente Tip by no1birdlady

Basilica San Clemente, Rome: 17 reviews and 36 photos

All through Rome we hear about buildings being built on top of older buildings. At Basilica S. Clemente we had a great look at this because the 3 different levels have been excavated and preserved and you can visit them. On the top is a 12th cen. basilica. It sits atop a 4th cen. Christian basilica which in turn sits atop a 2nd cen. Mithraic Temple and some even earlier Roman buildings. We walked down steps to the 4th cen. church which was excavated to reveal a partial fresco on the walk still entact. Then we walked down to the 3rd excavated level. The Mithras Temple is a cult for men only. A very well preserved stone altar to the bull where sacrifices were made was found in the main room. Catacombs were discovered here in 1938 which date from the 5th and 6th centuries and are below the structures. It's amazing to be able to go back that far in history.

Address: Via Labicana 95
Directions: East of Colosseo
Phone: +39 06 774 0021

Review Helpfulness: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Written Sep 6, 2005
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