And one more post before the weekend!

Today is the feast of the dedication of the Basilica of St. John Lateran! Check out the amazing panoramic views of the basilica posted by the Holy See.

A few interesting facts about St. John Lateran:

1) There is no St. John Lateran – in Italian the basilica is Basilica San Giovanni in Laterano, or the Basilica of St. John in the Lateran. Lateran refers to the name of the family that owned the palace and grounds before they were seized. I forget who seized them, but I am pretty sure it was an emperor and I think it might have been Nero. Later the Lateran Palace was given to the Pope by Emperor Constantine.

2) The Basilica is the official seat of the Pope as Bishop of Rome, not St. Peter’s Basilica. Although the Pope resides at the Vatican he reigns from St. John Lateran.

3) Oooh, sources, yay! I was right, the palace was seized during the reign of Nero. . .