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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 #15 of 727 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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Paris, France
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014 NEW

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 NEW

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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014 NEW via mobile

This church is massive, has a beautiful design (by Michelangelo himself!), has a stunning organ, and a museum about it's construction on top of all that. Even if you're not religious this is a great spot to experience.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

Outside this church looks like ancient ruins, but inside it is ornate and immaculate! I visited on a Sunday morning (must have been in between masses) and an organist filled the enormous space with beautiful music! A great surprise!

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Turin, Italy
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

I know it looks really bad from outside, but you won´t regret to give it a chance when you enter: the church is huge from inside (actually bigger than most of the churches in Rome), it has a different style to be a Roma Church, so don´t expect all the ceilings full of shinning gold, but it has it´s own... More

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Perth, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014 via mobile

Spent several hours here by chance, so different, the church itself has so much to see, including the meridian line in marble, take the time to walk around the back to the entrance of the Museo Nazionale Romano, if you want to see artefacts from ancient times this is the place to go, very quiet, it will give you great... More

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Powell, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2014

Not just another old church in Italy...Wow was this a surprise find!!. Located in walking distance of our Hotel, we decided to explore the immediate area and unexpectedly spent several hours there with our teens. Gorgeous basilica with incredible history having been a former Roman bath, saved ruin by being converted to a church by one of the Popes. A... More

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Liverpool, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2014

it looks really plain from the outside, like an old stone wall, but when you walk in you will be amazed. This was the first thing we visited on our trip to Rome and we found it by accident - it's worth going inside just to look at the domed ceiling as you walk in, it is so beautiful. There... More

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Jacksonville Beach, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014 via mobile

It looks like it's falling apart on the outside and the grounds aren't kept well, but it's amazing inside. I think it's probably my favorite. Worth checking out!

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Lexington, SC
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014

Driving up to this basilica, I knew it would be special. The columns inside are the largest in Rome. They span 5 meters around. There is a meridian line and the sun shines through a tiny hole in the wall. You can see where the arch was cut to add the plaque with the hole. 12 stars on the floor... More

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