"You Bet Your Apse!" Basilica San Giovanni in Laterano Tip by mrclay2000
Basilica San Giovanni in Laterano, Rome: 59 reviews and 137 photos
By far the most exquisite work of art in the entire church, the colorful mosaics in the apse are the perfect ornament to the altar. The apse and its transepts deserve most of the attention and all of the applause in this less than enthusiastically reconstructed church, whose importance to Papal history is second only to St Peter's. Like Santa Maria Maggiore and San Paolo fuori le Mura, St John Lateran enjoys the status of extraterritoriality, making it subject to the Pope rather than the civic powers in Rome.
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