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Basilica of St. John Lateran Pictures

Join us for a virtual tour of the Basilica di San Giovanni in Laterano in Rome

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The Basilica di San Giovanni in Laterano is Rome's cathedral, the seat of Christiandom in Rome. The Basilica was Rome's first church, and the adjoining Lateran palace the home to the Popes until they left for Avignon in 1305.

The Basilica of St John Lateran was burned, sacked, ravaged by earthquakes and rebuilt several times over the years.

There are six papal tombs inside. The papal altar is said to contain many relics, including the heads of Saints Peter and Paul and part of St Peter's wooden altar.

Enjoy our pictures of the Basilica of St. John Lateran. Click each picture to see it full size.

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baroque facade, basilica of st john lateran, picturePicture of the Baroque façade of the Basilica of St. John LateranLoggia delle Benedizioni picture, lateran palace picturePicture of the Loggia delle Benedizionibaroque interior picture, Basilica of St. John Lateran pictureBaroque Interior of the Basilica of St. John Lateran, RomeBasilica di San Giovanni in Laterano picture, ceiling detail pictureMagnificently carved ceiling by Flaminio Boulanger and Vico di Raffaele
Basilica of St John Lateran interior picturePicture of the interior of the Basilica of St John LateranBasilica di San Giovanni, apse picture, mosaicsPicture of Mosaic detail, apse, Basilica of St. John Lateran in RomeBasilica of St John Lateran Picture, Papal cathedra picturePicture of the Papal Cathedra (or Throne)san giovanni in laterano picture, nave picturePicture of the nave of San Giovanni in Laterano
Lateran baptistry, holy oil, oleum sanctumHoly Oil - Oleum Sanctum - picture from inside the baptistry of St John Lateran
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