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Santa Maria Sopra Minerva

Piazza della Minerva 42, Rome, Italy
06 6793926
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Ranked #18 of 732 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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Launceston, United Kingdom
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17 reviews 17 reviews
11 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014 NEW

An amazingly beautiful sight in Rome deserving a visit! Superb history & architecture to see & photograph. Stunning views! Please take some time to visit here.

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Smyrna, Tennessee
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16 reviews 16 reviews
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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014 NEW

Beautiful hidden treasure, just around the corner fron the Pantheon. If you can't find it, ask a local and they will point you on your way.

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London
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014 NEW

Though the front looks like another normal church, Bernini's sculpture of an elephant supporting an Egyptian obelisk is in front of the entrance. Inside there is a superb collection of art and sculptures by Bernini and Filippino Lippi and The Rising Christ by Michelangelo. Shame that the church is quite dark. If you are wearing a sleeveless top, make sure... More

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Wesley Chapel, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2014 NEW

This vast basilica looks like nothing from the outside. You might walk right by its unassuming doors but go in because you will be thrilled. It contains a Michelangelo statue and the tomb of Saint Catherine . it's not as crowded as other beautiful basilicas so you can relax and enjoy the peacefulness.

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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2014 NEW

This church is amazingly big, although it is hidden and incastonated between the normal housing area just behind the Pantheon. The striking parts are the small elephant-sculpture (Bernini) infront of the entrance, the beautiful inner ceiling frescos picturing a starsprinkled blue sky and the crypt. Also for art lovers it is interesting to know that Beato Angelico was buried here(you... More

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Twickenham, United Kingdom
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27 reviews 27 reviews
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014 NEW

The insufferably sanctimonious sycophants are very busy scurrying around making sure no female body part (and I'm talking shoulders, arms and legs, not anything in the least risqué) is visible to offend their narrow interpretation of the Christian god (or maybe titillate them to the point of being naughty - or human). They profess to speak no English, but will... More

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New York City, New York
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38 reviews 38 reviews
5 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2014

Beautiful Church 1 block behind the Pantheon don't miss the beautiful. The l'elefante berniniano in the piazza is worth the walk I like it some say it looks like a pig. Don't miss Michelangelo's statue Cristo della Minerva and note how someone hurt it by covering a part of it

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Malta
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43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

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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11 reviews 11 reviews
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
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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