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Santa Maria Sopra Minerva

Piazza della Minerva 42, Rome, Italy
06 6793926
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Ranked #17 of 730 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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Malta
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136 reviews 136 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014 NEW

Besides being just a stone throw away from the Pantheon, this church is also worth visiting for Michelangelo's statue of the 'Risen Christ'. The interior is lovely too.

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Cleveland, Ohio
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014

This site represents an amalgam of human spiritual history and sits in one of the most perfect little piazza's in Rome.

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New York City, New York
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74 helpful votes 74 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

This impressive, large church is less appealing outside than inside. It stands on the site of a temple of the Roman pagan goddess Minerva, hence the name. The most famous thing inside is Michelangelo's statue of the Risen Christ, near the apse, but there are some fine fresco paintings and sculpture by other artists, too. (Always use a guidebook so... More

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Sooss, Austria
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47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014

Just behind the Pantheon you will find the only church in gothic style of Rome with her typical blue ceiling. One of the greatest tresures of the church is "Cristo della Minvera", the statue of Michelangelo. Many funerary monuments like Catherine of Siena, the popes Paul IV, Clemens VII and more you will find there. The elephant with the obilisk... More

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Rijswijk, Holland
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30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

I was very disappointed when I arrived - just after one o'clock - to findout that this church was closed, even though all the books and the internet sight showed that this church was open all day!!! Anyway, I saw the famous statue "Cristo della Minerva" in the Vatican Museum later that week. Bernini's "baby elephant" in front of the... More

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Kitchener
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

A real must to visit while in Rome. Read up on St. Caterina life before attending as you will have a better understanding of her life. The Church is so beautiful once you enter and you will be taken by the beauty and energy.

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New York, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2014

An awe inspiring church with a rich history, especially for the Dominican order. St. Catherine of Sienna is buried here and that alone is religiously significant. Church has a true artistic treasure -- a sculpture of Christ by Michelangelo. Just behind the Pantheon and close to Piazza Navona it is truly a church worth visiting in a city with so... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2014

The church is beautiful for both the painted ceiling and art throughout. It's really nice to tour these churches because you can just pop in for 30 minutes and see them. No line and no fee.

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Crystal River, Florida
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6 reviews 6 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2014

Better than the pantheon, this church included stunning art and yet another ceiling to leave you awestruck. History and art 360 degrees

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New Orleans, Louisiana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2014

I'm from New Orleans and graduated from Dominican High School. We always prayed to St. Catherine. Now my son is attending St. Catherine of Siena grammar school so I felt the need to see the relic of St. Catherine of Siena while in Rome. This church is full of Gothic architecture and just stunning. The ceiling is full of bright... More

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