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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 730 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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Tyler, Texas
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8 reviews 8 reviews
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014 NEW

Went there on the afternoon of our arrival trying to stay awake after being up for over 24 hours. It was within walking distance of our hotel. This was originally the site of an immense Roman bath. Then many centuries later, a church was built on the site. Beautiful floors, ceilings, and paintings.

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014

My wife and I walked into this Cathedral by accident but we were amazed by it's massive size and beauty inside. There weren't many tourists inside the Cathedral, probably due to it's ordinary exterior but once you've got inside, it was so peaceful, quiet and beautiful. It's definitely worth a visit - plus it's only 5-7 minutes walk from the... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014

This beautiful Basilica is a must visit while in Rome city center. Give yourself a few hours just staring up AND Down. The tiles have been marked off so you don't step on the timeline.

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Guangzhou, China
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014

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

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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

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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