Wednesday, October 21, 2009


The Basilica of St. John Lateran, photographed in 1994, is the cathedral of Rome, and as such is the official seat of the Bishop of Rome, the Pope. The site was originally a fort which later became a palace. Some time around the year 313, the palace was given to the Bishop of Rome by the Emperor Constantine. Renovations were made during the 18th Century following an architectural competition. The facade, seen in the first photo above, was designed by Alessandro Galilei in 1735. Set directly behind the facade is the narthex - a lobby or porch, featured in the second photo. It is a wonderful space, like so many that are to be seen and enjoyed in Rome.

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