"Interesting excavations below" Basilica San Clemente Tip by zadunajska8

Basilica San Clemente, Rome: 17 reviews and 36 photos

The modern day (still 12th century!) level church is probably the least interesting part of this church although there is a charming little courtyard. It's the excavations below which are the real attraction. One level down below ground and you come upon the 4th century church (remains of) which are interesting enough but I found the most interesting part to be another level down where there is a first century AD mithraic temple along with remains of Roman homes. Whilst the Mithraeum was very small it was quite a unique site and we enjoyed it greatly. The downside is that on a hot day as it was the lower levels become very humid and uncomfortably warm. Entrance to the upstairs church is free, the admission charge is only for the 2 lower levels. Sadly you can't take any photos in here.

Address: Via Labicana 95
Directions: East of Colosseo, on Via San Giovanni in Laterno between colosseum and Basilica di San Giovanni in Laterno
Phone: +39 06 774 0021
Website: http://www.basilicasanclemente.com/

Review Helpfulness: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Written Oct 23, 2011
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