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Santa Maria della Vittoria

Via XX Settembre 17, 00187 Rome, Italy
+39 06 42740571
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Ranked #18 of 730 Attractions in Rome
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Type: Religious Sites, Historic Sites, Churches/ Cathedrals
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Portland Dorset
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014 NEW

Make a special visit to see Bernini's ecstacy of St Teresa, it's stunning. Also take a 15 minute walk to the Villa Borghese to see tonnes of other amazing works by Bernini.

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Kolkata (Calcutta), India
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014 NEW

Nice and well maintained church. It is not huge, but very beautiful. It is one of the shooting spots for 'Angels and Demons'.

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New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014 NEW

if you must see all of Berninis works - but otherwise skip this. A good stop if you are visiting churches - be sure to read Companion Guide to Rome by Georgina Masson. The church is not usually crowded but the Ecstasy of Saint Teresa is not well-lit.

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Jefferson City, Missouri
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

Bernini's Ecstasy of St. Theresa is unbelievable. If you see it when the sun is shining, it seems to glow. The church itself is beautiful, but the real attraction is the sculpture. Definitely worth a stop to see it.

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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

The church is not so grand when compared to the other important churches of Rome but it is famous for Bernini's masterpiece "The ecstasy of St Teresa". It truly is an art and worth commenting on for its features and finish. Never miss this one if you are in Rome and are an art lover.

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

You visit this church primarily for a chapel on the left side as you enter. The Cornaro family appears (in sculpture) watching a miraculous scene from their balconies. They are looking at St. Teresa of Avila floating in the air, having her heart pierced by a beautiful angel who holds the arrow of divine love. Angels cavort above, lit by... More

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

It is incredible how Bernini managed to create the 'Extacy of Teresa', when she is being watched by spectators on the balcony. Don't miss "Hope" and "Despair" (marble skeletons on the floor) on each side of the Cornaro Chapel.

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Kent
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014

A quite place away from the hustle and bustle of Rome also nice and cool. The Bernini sculpture of the Ecstasy of Saint Theresa is just what I thought it would be. Like most of the other churches in Rome it was empty and quiet.

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Tampa, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014

This church is beautiful, but the real attraction is the Bernini sculpture of the Ecstasy of Saint Theresa, which is so lovely it nearly brought me to tears. If you love art history, this is a must.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

From the outside, this church is completely unassuming, but my mouth dropped as soon as I entered. I ended up staying for a long time because it was so incredible. It includes the ecstasy of Santa Maria, which is a fantastic statue of Bernini and widely regarded as one his most famous works.

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