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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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We have been to Rome 5 times, but never found this church. On our last stay, we walked by it several times, and finally went in. It was truly lovely, but the day was dark, and... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
Toronto, Ontario, Canada

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Toronto, Ontario, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

We have been to Rome 5 times, but never found this church. On our last stay, we walked by it several times, and finally went in. It was truly lovely, but the day was dark, and the interior was dark. We meant to go back on a bright day, but never did. We'll save that for another trip. Definitely worth... More 

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Jerusalem, Israel
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Very interesting church, with a Gothic style, not known in Roman History. With a special roof and architecture and in a wonderful small piazza.

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Santa Fe, Argentina
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

If you like history, you would just love to know this church was buildt taking advantage of a Roman Temple to Minerva. The church today is beautifull, and its simple ceiling (in Roman standard) makes everything look even better. 15 minutes are enough, but they are worth it!

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 93 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a lovely little church next door to the Inquisition, with the famous elephant statue by Bernini outside. Inside is the tomb of Fra Angelico, one of my favourite painters as well as a statue of Jesus by the young Michelangelo. There is also the tomb of St Catherine of Siena, who told the pope of the day off!... More 

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Surfers Paradise, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 658 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Another lovely Church that we came across a wile back we we visited Rome. It is hard to describe how beautiful it is once you walk through the door, Rome is known for its church, each one is special in its own way

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Brooklyn, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 77 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Walking by the church building, one would not suspect the treasures inside. It was just wonderful!!! The focus of course was the tomb of St. Catherine of Siena at the altar, but one should not miss the tomb of Fra Angelico of the side as well as the sculpture by Michelangelo either. It was wonderful to just stroll leisurely inside... More 

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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 149 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2016

This Dominican Gothic styled Basilica was built between1280-1370 and is located one block behind the Pantheon in the historical center of Rome. This is the only example of an original Gothic church building in Rome but with a Renaissance style façade which wasn't completed till 1725! There's a peculiar looking statue (1667) in front of the church of a little... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 398 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2016

Judging from the crowds outside and inside the church, most people seemed to be enchanted by Bernini's elephant obelisk at Piazza de la Minerva than the treasures within the church. Which is a pity as there are several notable works by Bernini, Michelangelo, Lippi et al and the tombs of Fra Angelico , Catherine of Siena and Tornabuoni amongst others.... More 

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Bucharest, Romania
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2016 via mobile

Absolutely stunning. Easy to overlook (next to the Pantheon and not very "impressive" on the outside). Beautiful (Michelangelo's Christ, the beautiful blue ceiling and more). I also loved the attitude of the clergy - they accepted visitors during mass, as long as they were respectful and not noisy.

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2016

You could spend a whole day in here looking at the beautiful art work and a couple of Bernini's pieces. The church reminds me of the Notre Dame Cathedral but slightly smaller. The outside does not give any indication of the beauty inside. One of the Gothic surprises of Rome.

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