Cyril and Methodius Route – Cultural Route of the Council of Europe

Basilica of San Clemente
Rome

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Basilica of San Clemente

The entrance to the Basilica of San Clemente is located in Piazza San Clemente, a five-minute walk from the Colosseum. The Basilica with its underground archaeological complex is one of the world’s great treasures, a place loved by pilgrims, students of art and visitors from all over the world. Here, as in no other place, one can visit and experience different levels of Rome’s past. 

Descending below the present church, one enters a 4th century church containing some of the world’s finest medieval frescos, dating from the 8th to the 11th century. Going down lower again, one enters the 1st century area with its Mithraic temple, and across a narrow alleyway, a large public building, around whose foundations flow the lost waters of ancient Rome. In one lateral chapel, there is a shrine with the tomb of Saint Cyril. Above the excavation stands the present 12th century Basilica, with its magnificent mosaic, early renaissance frescoes, the 6th century marble chancel from the earlier church, the Cosmatesque floor, etc.

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Introduction to San Clemente Basilica

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Rome underground: San Clemente Basilica

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Basilica of San Clemente and underground miter

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Information from history

HISTORY OF THE BASILICA

This ancient church was transformed over the centuries from a private home that was the site of clandestine Christian worship in the 1st century to a grand public basilica by the 6th century, reflecting the emerging Catholic Church's growing legitimacy and power. The archaeological traces of the basilica's history were discovered in the 1860s

Where to get tourist information?

Contacts

Basilica San Clemente

Via Labicana 95, 00184 Rome RM
tel. +39 06 7740021
e-mail: segreteria@basilicasanclemente.com
web: basilicasanclemente.com

Moravian Slovakia Museum

Smetanovy sady 179, 686 01 Uherské Hradiště
tel. +420 572 556 556
e-mail: info@slovackemuzeum.cz
web: www.slovackemuzeum.cz

Velehrad Tourist Centre

Salašská 328, 687 06 Velehrad
tel. 723 984 080
e-mail: ticvelehrad@email.cz
web: www.velehrad.cz

How to get to basilica?

You can arrive here with the subway, Metro Line B (metro stop Colosseo) and walk for about 10 minutes on the road called Via San Giovanni in Laterano. From St. Peter’s, you can catch the bus 571 and disembark at the second stop after the Colosseum. Otherwise, if you are coming from Venice Square, you can catch bus 85 or 850 for 5 stops and you’ll arrive approximately 50 meters from the church’s entrance. The address of San Clemente is Via Labicana 95.