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The Papal Basilicas of Rome Back

  • Tour Code : TUR-01557
  • Type : Private
  • Duration : 7.0 Hours
  • Meeting Place : Your Hotel

Description

 
 
Highlights include:
  • St. Peter's Basilica
  • St. John Lateran
  • St. Mary Major
  • St. Paul's outside the Walls

This tour will take you to the four Major basilicas of Rome: St. Peter's, St. Paul's outside the Walls, St. Mary Major and St. John Lateran.  The order in which the basilicas are visited may vary.

St. Peter's Basilica is, without a doubt, one of the most impressive sights in Rome today.  This is the second basilica to be built on this site, commissioned by Pope Julius II in the early 16th century over the site of Constantine's original basilica and the necropolis where St. Peter was buried.  Worked on by the greatest architects of the time, including Michelangelo, Bramante, Maderno and Bernini, the size of the structure and the light that floods in from the high windows, strike the visitor as much as the immense papal tombs and gilded decoration.

Like St. Peter's, the Basilica of St. Paul lies outside the ancient walls, over the necropolis where the saint was laid to rest.  It was the only one of the Constantine basilicas to have survived from antiquity in its original form when it was burnt down in 1823.  Thanks to donations from around the world, it was rebuilt just as it had been in just over 20 years, with the original Medieval cloister that survived the fire.  Inside, mosaics of every pope from St. Peter to Pope Francis look down on visitors.

In the city center the Basilica of St. Mary Major, stands on the site where snow fell on an August night in the 5th century.  It was one of the first churches to be dedicated to the Virgin Mary, following the Council of Ephesus in 431, which declared her to be the Mother of God.  Much of the church was destroyed by an earthquake in 1348, but the original, beautiful 5th century mosaics still line the apse walls and the triumphal arch, depicting, scenes from both the Old and the New Testaments.

Not far from here, is the Basilica of St. John Lateran.  The cathedral of Rome and once the official residence of the papacy, it is the highest ranking of all the churches in Rome, known as 'archbasilica' and as the oldest and most important basilica in the world, it holds the title of Ecumenical Mother Church of the Catholic Faithful. Constantine's original basilica was built on the site of the barracks of the Imperial Guard, who had fought against Constantine at the Battle of Milvian Bridge.  Following his victory, Constantine disbanded the guard and razed the barracks, eventually donating the Lateran Palace to the Pope.  Like the other basilicas, St. John's has been rebuilt over the years, much of its current appearance dating to the 17th century, but the original private chapel of the pope, the Sancta Sanctorum, can still be seen across the road at the top of the Holy Steps.

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Inclusions/Exclusions

Tour Highlights and What's Included

  1. English-speaking registered guide
  2. English-speaking driver
  3. Hotel pick up and drop off

What's Not Included

  1. Gratuities of any type
  2. Optional entrance to the cloisters of St. John Lateran and St. Paul's outside the Walls

Sites and Locations Visited on this Tour

No. of Pax Price/Pax Total Price
1 € 800.00 € 800.00
2 € 400.00 € 800.00
3 € 267.00 € 801.00
4 € 221.00 € 884.00
5 € 177.00 € 885.00
6 € 147.00 € 882.00
7 € 126.00 € 882.00
8 € 111.00 € 888.00
 

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