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St. John Lateran



12 Tracks / 32 Minutes

  1. 1) A Prelude to the Lateran
  2. 2) Diocletian & the Great Persecution
  3. 3) Constantine & Christianity Legalized
  4. 4) The Original Church
  5. 5) Borromini & the Current Church
  6. 6) The Facade
  7. 7) The Portico
  8. 8) The Interior
  9. 9) The Confessio & the Baldacchino
  10. 10) The Transept & the Apse
  11. 11) The Obelisk
  12. 12) The Holy Stairs




“St. John Lateran” is the most important Catholic Church in the world. “The Lateran” is in fact just a nickname. The full title is “The Archbasilica of Christ the Savior in Honor of St. John the Baptist and St. John the Evangelist.” This church is the cathedral of Rome – the seat of papal authority – and as such is de facto the most important church in the world. As the ancient saying goes, “the Lateran” is the mother of all churches in the city and the world. “The Lateran” is an architectural masterpiece, a relic of Catholic civilization and a living witness to the Pope’s link to the early Church and his primacy throughout the whole world.

This audio tour will explore the rich 1700-year history of this church, highlighting the stories, relics, art and architecture of this awe-inspiring masterpiece of a building.

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