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Santa Maria Sopra Minerva

Piazza della Minerva 42, Rome, Italy
06 6793926
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Ranked #19 of 742 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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Rehoboth, Massachusetts
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101 reviews 101 reviews
57 attraction reviews
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2014

I stayed right near this church, which is located near the Pantheon. I passed by every day, without knowing how amazing this place actually is. I just happened to go in and find out that not only are there amazing painting by famous artists, the remains of popes and saints, but there is a statue by Michelangelo. Where else in... More

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Watford, United Kingdom
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112 reviews 112 reviews
34 attraction reviews
53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2014

Though Santa Maria is by Rome's standard a 'medium' church I believe it is one of the most beautiful and unique in the city. Right in the middle of Old Rome on a pleasant square with an original elephant sculpture this church is the closest Rome has to gothic cathedrals. Amazing architecture with the perfect balance between a small, cozy... More

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Atlanta, Georgia
14 reviews 14 reviews
7 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2014

The church where St. Catherina of Siena is buried is also one of these churches in Rome that you pass by on the way to the Pantheon, but is worth a visit. Beautiful ceilings and paintings by Caravaggio.

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London, United Kingdom
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76 reviews 76 reviews
28 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014

This basilica is a Dominican church with a statue of Christ by Michelangelo. It is built on the site of a pagan temple to Minerva, hence the name of the church is the Basilica di Santa Maria sopra Minerva, on the Piazza della Minerva. Not too big and not too imposing, but a lovely church to visit. Next door is... More

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Smyrna, Tennessee
16 reviews 16 reviews
3 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014

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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55 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014

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

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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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2014

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
6 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014

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
26 helpful votes 26 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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