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Santa Maria della Vittoria

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Address: Via XX Settembre 17, 00187 Rome, Italy
Phone Number: +39 06 42740571
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For a tiny exterior appearance of a church, this is one amazing gem of Baroque design. From the spectacular ceiling frescoes surrounded by white angels to the ornate organ... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

For a tiny exterior appearance of a church, this is one amazing gem of Baroque design. From the spectacular ceiling frescoes surrounded by white angels to the ornate organ above the entry, the details are mind-boggling. Of course there is the famous Bernini sculpture of the 'Ecstasy of St. Teresa' on the left side chapel which is worth the visit... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My husband and I read Angels and Demons and while in Rome we sought out the locations of the scenes in the book. This being one, we stopped here to find the statuary in the book. This Chapel is magnificent. It is beautiful in every niche and we recommend stopping in.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

It's always paradoxical when modern day references, like Dan Brown's book, cause up to look back upon historical masterpieces such as this church and the Bernini Ecstacy of Saint Therese which it houses. Very special and worthwhile to visit. ...

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Yes, we all know about Bernini's St. Theresa and the angel's arrow. Sublime and intense at the same time. Yes, and the Virgin's icon. But for you history buffs, if you turn your back to St. Theresa and walk away from it to the other side of the nave there is a doorway or entrance to the left ( if... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I've already written a TripAdvisor review re Bernini's brilliant and theatrical sculpture of the Ecstasy of St Teresa, which ha drawn me to the church on each of my six or seven visits now. So let me say a little here about the rest of the church here. It is a little jewel box of a church. The high altar... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Of all the churches I wanted to see in Rome, this was my first pick. The sculpture by Bernini was beyond astonishing. I will never forget it: it has such an emotional impact on the person viewing, who immediately becomes the participant.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Unless you are looking specially for this church, it is easy to miss. This small church is packed with artifacts and paintings. The most famous sculpture is that of St. Teresa in Agony. Most of the crowd is in front of the sculpture.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2015

Having visited many churches during our visit to Rome, my wife and I agreed that this is an absolute gem and quite the most stunning. We went to see Bernini's famous statue of St Teresa, which is worth it alone - however we were not prepared for the extent of the beauty throughout - just go and see it -... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2015

Better visit in afternoon, when the sun light best illuminate the sculputres. Don't have to mention Ecstasy of Saint Teresa, even more well-known after the Dan Brown novel became a movie. The altar and angels in this church are really marvellous.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2015

The most famous element of St Maria della Vittoria is Bernini's Ecstasy of Saint Teresa. If you put some coins, lights will turn on and this vivid sculptural composition will express its all beauty. Try to sit for a while there, it's unique experience. The whole church is overcrowded with baroque elements.

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