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Santa Maria Sopra Minerva

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Address: Piazza della Minerva 42, Rome, Italy
Phone Number: 06 6793926
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One of the most interesting churches in Rome

The church is amazing. It is crowded with treasures of art, but one should know a hint - if you want to see them properly, you have to put 50 cent coin into slots near them. You... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 4 days ago
Moscow, Russia

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

The church is amazing. It is crowded with treasures of art, but one should know a hint - if you want to see them properly, you have to put 50 cent coin into slots near them. You get these places illuminated this way!

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Farnborough, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The vivid blue decor in the church makes it stand out from all the muriels and frescos in the other churches. Well worth a look!

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Galway, Ireland
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Near the Pantheon, this is a wonderful church with a great vaulted and star strewn ceiling. It also has a beautiful Michelangelo statue of a young Christ with Cross. The monks/priests chant the Divine Office at times.

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 186 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

It's really both, and makes for a great visit. Even before you walk inside you have Bernini's elephant stand outside the church entrance. And yes, Bernini is inside as well with his tomb monument for Maria Raggi on a church pier. There is the Carafa chapel in the right transept by Lippi--take a look at the painted Aquinas! Yes, there... More 

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Phoenix, Arizona
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 75 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This gem is immediately adjacent to the Pantheon. It houses the remains of St Catherine of Siena, except for her skull and thumb, which are in Siena. Short, free, but beautiful church.

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Burlington, Wisconsin
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

this is a hidden gem... a boring looking front, but the inside is beautiful. It is right behind the Pathenon - when looking at it straight on, walk to the left and then once you get to the courtyard, to your left is a plain flat fronted church - thats it. Worth going into and its free.

Thank MonicaWelke
Red Wing MN
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We attended an evening service after having explored the place during the day. It is a classic example of a Roman church that is very old but still in full use as a place of worship.

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Sunnyvale, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I am so ecstatic to see this holy saint. Been in Siena to view her incorruptible head, however her body is in Rome and it's a must to visit this beautiful basilica.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is a stone's throw from the Pantheon. A beautiful church dedicated to the Virgin Mary, but built over a temple to the goddess Minerva. Stars painted on the ceiling are beautiful and suggest the heavens as the Cardinals used to hold the conclave here to elect a pope before the Sistine Chapel was used as it is now.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I am not religious in any way, but I can still appreciate stunning architechture. It looks plain on the outside, but the inside is nothing like it. Unfortunately the Church's hunger for money is present. The inside is very dark, and you have to pay to illuminate each part for a minute or so. Fortunately, my eyesight was good enough... More 

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