This photo of the San Clemente in Laterano is part of one of the panoramic images found on the PanoramicEarth.com Tour of Rome. There are over 100 images taken from around
The first church on site here dates from 4C, but was burned down in by the
The ceiling of the upper church is decorated with the Triumph of St Clement, and in the center of the nave stands the choir stalls, as seen here in the picture. This also contains the Schola Cantorum which originally was found in the lower church. Behind this you can just see a baldacchino. The apse and area around the altar is packed with 12C mosaics, most obvious here are the 12 companions and Lamb of God that follow the curve. Above these symbols of aspects of Christianity.
Off to the right, at the end of the aisle, is the chapel of
If all this history was not enough, the lower church holds yet more. You descend to a frescoed narthex into a structure dating from the late 1C. This structure contains in inscription claiming it to be the property of T.Flavius Clemens. It may have at one time been part of a home that functioned as a meeting place for Christians, a common practice in early Christianity. Some frescoes and other works of art here are over 1,600 years old. The first basilica was built here over a Mithraeum, a shrine to Mithras, a god popular with the Roman Army but fell out of favor during the time of
A full panoramic image showing the inside of S Clemente (upper church) and the entrance to the lower church is found on the Rome tour by PanoramicEarth.com. An enlargement of this photo can be found on Flickr.
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