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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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Most of us have watched more and more of the Pantheon go next to this beautiful inner area next to the church temple. Admittedly not as impressive on the outside, to which we are... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 7, 2015
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015 NEW

Another beautiful church in Rome and there is a Michelangelo statue to the left of the alter. As far as Michelangelo goes it is a minor work and reputed to have been finished by an assistant. A beggar in the front is there as in many churches in Rome, but it is free to get in.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2015

Most of us have watched more and more of the Pantheon go next to this beautiful inner area next to the church temple. Admittedly not as impressive on the outside, to which we are accustomed to in Rome. But you should bring a few minutes! It will not disappoint anyone!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015

A guide is a must for this church. The best ceiling in all of Rome, but take a photo and view the photo to see a great result. Who is the saint under the main altar and how is she connected to Siena? Look at all of the side altars and read about their history. A guide is a must... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2015

I challenge your jaw not to drop as you enter this church. Utilitarian on the outside but a marvel on the inside. Definitely worth the effort to visit. The Michelagelo statue is impressive and it is in good company. No daunting lines to get into this church either.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2015

My FAVORITE Church in Italy!!! Go in and not be awed by the ceiling... I dare you! The Piazza della Minerva is also very nice with a statue of an elephant carrying an obelisk. Located around the corner from the Pantheon in the old section of Rome

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015

On the outside it looks quite bland and plain but once you head inside you'll experience a feeling of awe that the exterior conceals. From the plethora of tombs of important individuals, such as popes and that of Saint Catherine of Siena, to the gothic architecture and the blue ceiling there is plenty to see. Moreover, a beautiful marble sculpture... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015

Another magnificent church in rome, this one near the pantheon.defo worth a visit and spend a bit of time wandering around.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

interesting church, but there are too many in Rome; also worth is the Minerva obelisk in the middle of the square (over an elefant statue)

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2015

Basilica Santa Maria Sopra Minerva, which as the name suggests is a church built over a temple dedicated to Minerva. Originally I was going there to see Bernini’s little elephant sculpture with an Egyptian obelisk on its back. It stands in the church piazza, but curiosity got the better of me so I went inside. The current Basilica was built... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2015

One of the few Gothic churches in Rome. Supposedly built on the ruins of the Temple Minerva. Contains Michelangelo's "Risen Christ". Has an elephant with an Egyptian Obelisk in front of the church. The elephant was sculptured by Bernini.

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