Directly behind Lateran University is the so-called Basilica of the Popes. What is even more confusing is that this is also where St. John Lateran is. This basilica is one of many many such churches in Rome. There are probably more churches per capita in Rome than in any comparably sized city in the world.
Here’s the impressive ceiling inside this basilica..
The two largest statues in this basilica are not of Popes…. not even close. They are of Constantine and Moses! What a combo….
This is in many ways odd, since Constantine was hardly the man who helped legitimize the Catholic Church. If anything he helped the Orthodox Church, setting up a capital in Constantinople in Turkey and hosting the crucial Nicean conference in Turkey.
When one goes down this corridor and exits to the right into the piazza, what do we see but another obelisk….are there any left in Egypt??