Basilica of St. John in Lateran (Photo: commonwikimedia)

The Basilica of Saint John in Lateran: “The Mother of all Churches in the World”, – The Basilica of Saint John in Lateran (San Giovanni in Laterano) defined as “the mother of all churches in the world.” It represents the mixture between the Pagan and Christian eras.

You should definitely visit the museum which collects precious liturgical furnishings, sculptures and ornaments of ancient basilica. It was the first Christian basilica built in the city and the Pope’s main place of worship. Moreover, it was repeatedly damaged and restored, so San Giovanni in Laterano was continuously enriched over centuries.

Basilica of St. John in Lateran (Photo: commonwikimedia)

In pre-Christian times, the lands near the Celio hill belonged to a rich Roman family of Lateran. A mention of how in the 1st century A.D.

Plauzio Laterano was exposed in intrigues against Emperor Nero is left in the “Annals” of Tacitus. However, his plan didn’t work and all the property of Laterano went to the imperial treasury.

The founder of the basilica is the Roman emperor Flavius Valerio Constantine (Flavio Valerio Costantino). Before the decisive battle with Maxentius, Constantine the Great saw in the sky Christma – a monogram of the name of Christ, which foreshadowed him a victory.

Thus, at the beginning of the third century, the Emperor recognized the freedom of religion which led to creation of the first Christian Church in Rome.

In the 9th century, the Cathedral of Christ the Savior was dedicated to John the Baptist (San Giovanni Battista), while in the 12th century it was dedicated to John the Theologian (San Giovanni Evangelista).

From the 4th to the 14th century, the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist was used as the papal temple. Moreover, the throne of the pontiff was established inside the church.

If you are a member of the Cathalic Church, you should be there one day. It is not enough to read this article without going there.

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