Photographer's Note

I spent in Rome only only two days and a half but I managed to see so much. The last day I had flight at early afternoon, so I got up early to see churches more.
I went to see basilica Santa Maria Maggiore (for the second time), the beautiful church that no one goes there, Santa Prassede, San Pietro in Vincoli with Moses, Santo Stefano Rotondo and last but not least San Giovanni in Laterano, each one a real jewel, with amazing pieces of art.
I was rather in a hurry and I made awful mistake - I saw San Giovanni inside, but I missed the main facade - I came by the side entrance. I must go to Rome again [probably I will not, I haven't thrown a coin in Fontana di Trevi :(]


The Papal Archbasilica of St. John Lateran is the cathedral church of the Diocese of Rome and the official ecclesiastical seat of the Bishop of Rome, who is the Pope.
It is the oldest and ranks first among the four Papal Basilicas or major basilicas of Rome (having the cathedra of the Bishop of Rome). It claims the title of ecumenical mother church among Roman Catholics.
An inscription on the façade, Christo Salvatori, indicates the church's dedication to "Christ the Saviour", for the cathedrals of all patriarchs are dedicated to Christ himself. As the cathedral of the Bishop of Rome, it ranks above all other churches in the Catholic Church, including St. Peter's Basilica. For that reason, unlike all other Roman Basilicas, it holds the title of Archbasilica.
The archbasilica is located outside of the boundaries of Vatican City proper, although within the city of Rome. However it enjoys extraterritorial status as one of the properties of the Holy See. This is also the case with several other buildings, following the resolution of the Roman Question with the signing of the Lateran Treaty.

It was the last day in Rome for me, but also the last day of the pontificate of the Pope Benedict.

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