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Santa Maria Sopra Minerva

Piazza della Minerva 42, Rome, Italy
06 6793926
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Ranked #15 of 686 attractions in Rome
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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Orange County, CA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2014 NEW

The Sopra Minerva is not one of the more stunning churches in Rome, at least from the outside. The only hint you get about it being something unusual is the fabulous Bernini elephant with obelisk out front. Once inside, you realize that had you walked by, you would have regretted it! The ceiling of the Sopra Minerva is a vivid,... More

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Rome, Italy
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2014 NEW

Rome's only Gothic church, Santa Maria Sopra Minerva is worth at least ducking in when you're in the area. If you're standing in front of the Pantheon (looking at the Pantheon), the church is up the street on the left. It sits on a piazza featuring Bernini's elephant sculpture with an obelisk on its back. While you're in the piazza,... More

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Tehran
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014

it's just a block to the Pantheon.the only Gothic church in Rome,the beautiful blue ceiling with heavenly paintings.here you can find the Michelangelo's Cristo della Minerva sculpture!it's breathtaking and when we were there, there were nobody else in the church.how lucky we are!

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Roskilde, Denmark
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2014

The outside looks the church does not look like much, but you can break away from Bernini's elephant in the square in front, you see inside the Church probably the most beautiful blue ceiling throughout Rome.

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Dumfries, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2014

Doesn't look like very much from the outside,but once you get in it takes your breath away...mind boggling!!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2014

The church was busy with tourists who had to step over a herd of gypsies parked on the front steps of the basilica. The problem was that each of the tourists was holding a guidebook but not actually seeing anything around them. Being the only Gothic church in Rome most people noticed that it was "different" but couldn't actually articulate... More

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Manchester
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2014 via mobile

This is a lovely church. We went on to escape the rain but I'm glad we did. The ceiling is impressive. Rome is full of churches but this is bigger than most but not as popular as the more well known ones.

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Miami, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2014

Beautiful church with awesome works of art. The little square with 'Il Elefantino' is also very nice.

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Hilversum
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2014

Beautiful and amazing blue ceiling. Bernini art in the church. The Madonna with all the candles in the middle of the church is very nice.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2014

This church is a block away from the Pantheon. It is open from 7-7 during the weekdays and on the weekends there are several hours in the afternoon when the church is closed. In the front of the church is a unique Egyptian obelisk that rests on an elephant by Bernini. The church was built on (sopra) the site of... More

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