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Santa Maria Sopra Minerva

Piazza della Minerva 42, Rome, Italy
06 6793926
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Ranked #17 of 757 Attractions in Rome
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Religious Sites, Historic Sites, Landmarks/ Points of Interest, Churches/ Cathedrals
Traveler Description: Literally less than a block away from the Pantheon, behind it sits the only Gothic church in all of Rome, the Santa Maria Sopra Minerva .  It houses... more »
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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2014 NEW

This church is just behind the Pantheon and has a beauitful blue ceiling. The church was a lot quieter than the other churches in Rome, which was good felt like you could wander around slowly and enjoy it :) Its not as big as some of the other churches in Rom,e but still worth seeing Apparently this is the only... More

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Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2014 NEW

Don't be fooled by the plain exterior of this church. Step inside and you'll find a beauty waiting for you with a vivid blue arched vaulted ceiling with beautiful frescoes. I was trying to figure out why I liked this church so much out of all the magnificent churches on display in Rome and I now realize it is because... More

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Leeds, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2014

This church is just below the Pantheon. The frontage is rather plain almost modern looking but inside you find a rarity for Rome, a gothic church. Initially it seems a little dark but nearer the main altar and side chapels it has many colourful frescoes and much fine marble decoration. There are 2 Papal tombs around the altar and St.... More

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New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2014

Deceptively large church. Worth viewing as it is the only Gothic Church in Rome (as far as I know). There is not as much famous art inside as some other churches. The piazza outside features an Egyptian obelisk supported by an elephant by Bernini.

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Woodridge, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2014

Within walking distance of the Pantheon is the gem of a church. Contained in it is the tomb of Saint Catherine of Sienna and also Michelangelo's statue Cristo della Minerva. It doesn't look like much from the outside, but don't let yourself be fooled. Go in!!!

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Bristol, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2014

The seat of English Catholocism in Rome. Church run by Dominican Friars full of history. Resting place of Saint Catherine of Siena and Blessed Angelico

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Loa Gatos, CA
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2014

I have been to rome a few times but hadn't been here before. Not sure why as it is a beautiful church but, more importantly, houses Michelangelo's Risen Christ statue. The front facade doesn't seem to give a truly convey what's inside.

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Nashville
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2014

This is the only Gothic style church in Rome. It is beautiful. There is a statue of Christ done by Michelangelo on the left of the alter. The ceiling of the church is a beautiful array of stars on a blue background. Stunning.

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Yorba Linda, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2014

The rather plain vanilla exterior fools you. Once you enter this little church near the Pantheon, your mouth will drop open with the beauty inside. I believe it is the only Gothic-style church in Rome. The ceiling is breathtaking. Make sure to venture up to the altar and check out the statue of Jesus by Michelango. Some uptight Christians added... More

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Ireland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014

This is a wonderful place to visit. Its name is redolent of ancient times. There are numerous chapels, all with wonderful decoration. Fabulous stucco works feature abundantly. One of the other decorative highlights is definitely the gorgeous and widespread frescoes. The ones of vivid blue immediately attract the eye and are exquisite to behold.

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