Monumental and impacting
The external statues at St. John Lateran are of indescribable beauty. It's the official cathedral of the Roman diocese and where the Episcopal see of the Pope is located. It's one of the oldest churches in Rome though little remains of the original 3rd-century structure. It was heavily damaged in the earthquake of 896; the majestic facade and statues were built between 1732 and 1726 by Alessandro Galilei.
The neoclassical facade is crowned by statues of Christ, St. John the Baptist, and the Doctors of the Church. The size of the statues, especially that of Jesus, is really impressive. The facade was intentionally designed to be reminiscent of the facade of St.