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Basilica di San Clemente free

Via Labicana 95 | Rome 00184 | Official website
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  • Type: Churches/Religious Sites, Sightseeing
  • Time to Spend: 1 to 2 hours
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Overall Rating: 4.5 (4.5)
Value: 5.0 (5.0)
Facilities: 4.0 (4.0)
Atmosphere: 4.5 (4.5)
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Archaeology buffs might find the Basilica di San Clemente interesting: It's a second century pagan temple, underneath a fourth century church, which is underneath a 12th century church. Enter the 12th century church from the street level, take stairs down to the fourth century one and finally end up at a shrine for Mithras, the god whom was known to gain popularity in the second and third centuries. The oldest structure is believed to have been an ancient mint.

Travelers are fascinated by the story of the church and recommend visiting for the hearty history lesson that it provides. Past travelers also say you should ignore the beggars around the church, as some pretend to be affiliated with the church and tell visitors they can't enter unless they give a donation. The church is free to enter, but there is a small fee to go down to the lower levels, which people say is worth the cost.

The three-fold Basilica di San Clemente is open daily, though it's closed for lunch. You can find it off the Colosseo metro station.

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