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Basilica S. Maria degli Angeli e dei Martiri

Via Cernaia, 9 | Piazza della Repubblica, Rome, Italy (Castro Pretorio)
+39 06488 0812
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Ranked #14 of 729 attractions in Rome
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Religious Sites, Churches/ Cathedrals
Traveler Description: Santa Maria degli Angeli  (Our Lady of the Angels and the Martyrs)  Piazza della Repubblica Tel: +39 06 488 0812  Transport : Metro Line A... more »
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Guangzhou, China
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11 reviews 11 reviews
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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014 NEW

I agreed with the reviewers of this attraction -- you would probably ignore it from the exterior afar but if you come any closer -- you'd notice the sculptures on the bronze doors then if you further step in -- you are inside the treasures, spiritual and scientific alike, the copper Meridian line of course! take some time to observe... More

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Urbandale, Iowa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014 NEW

From the outside it was not much to see, but the inside was well worth the time spent. The church is beautiful, the pipe organ sounds amazing and the small museum showing the restoration and proximity to the Roman baths. Don't miss this destination.

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New York City, New York
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66 helpful votes 66 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014 NEW

This huge church was made from part (and a small part) of the former Roman baths of the emperor Diocletian. Michelangelo did the initial work, but later architects remodeled it further. Apart from the grand space, the marble cladding, and the good modern bronze doors, you come here for the meridian and the devices installed by Galileo and others to... More

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Colchester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014

One of Rome's hidden jaw droppers! From the outside just another Church but once inside it is spectacular and so informative about timelines and pendulums, let alone the history of the baths. An absolute MUST and it is free and very special. Don,t miss it just beside the also National Romw museum just across from the Termini

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Rijswijk, Holland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

What an enormous space for these ex-bathhouses. And the church is only half of the original. Michelangelo (86 years old then) was assigned to turn the frigidarium into this church. Don't miss the "Linea Clementina", a meridian with signs of the zodiac. And don't forget to take a seat and let this space sink in.

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014 via mobile

A church with an incredible history. Parts of it come from an ancient Roman bath next door and it also helped to keep correct time in Rome. A little exhibition is in the sacristy and there are worke here an the by Michaelangelo. It's also very empty. What more culture could you want?

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

We decided to walk from Termini to Via del Corsa since the metro was heaving and glad we did as we "found" this basilica on our way. The nice thing was that whilst we were in there, a man started playing the huge organ and the sound was amazing. And I learnt that they not only play the keys on... More

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Boone NC
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2014

This Basilica is interesting for so many reasons. One is its location, the basilica was built into the ruins of the Baths of Diocletian. Second, it is interesting to note that this was the last architectural work by Michelangelo. The church is beautiful but not as lavishly decorated as many in Rome. One of the most interesting parts of the... More

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Paris, France
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014

Surprising entrance through the wall of an apparent ancient ruin, vast, converted from the ruins of a roman bath, beautifully designed by Michelangelo and once the state church of the kingdom of Italy. Yes it is worth a visit if you like beautiful cathedrals and churches.

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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014

The basilica was close to our hotel.From the outside it looks like an ancient ruin. We walked inside and were amazed with its size and interior.It was spectacular! There was also choir music playing in the background which gave you goosebumps. Worth a visit!

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