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Roman Temple of Minerva (Museo e Foro Romano)

Via Portica, Assisi, Italy
075-813-053
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Ranked #19 of 41 attractions in Assisi
Type: Architectural Buildings, Historic Sites, Religious Sites, Ancient Ruins, History Museums
Activities: Shopping, Walking
Description: This well-preserved Roman temple to Minerva, with its famous classical façade, is now a Christian Church.
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Sleepy Hollow, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2014

We did not expect to find traces of a Roman Forum in Assisi. The exhibit below the Temple of Minerva was really well done and is an absolute must to see.

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Port Macquarie, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2014

This is my most favourite church in Assisi - just google the history of this building and you'll be amazed. Its incredible that its still standing and the in the condition it is given the age. Mass here at 7pm daily is not to be missed if your able to make it. A tip: if there's not enough people around... More

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Milton, Georgia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2014

In the main part of town, the Romans made this 2100 year old temple a centerpiece of this city. The Church of Santa Maria over Minerva was added in the 9th century. The bell tower is from the 13th century. The original Roman temple floor stones are inside including drains for the sacrifices that took place here. The day we... More

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Missoula, Montana
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2014

We stayed at a wonderful hotel near this temple, and were with a large group of people. We ended up here late at night where many people seem to gather. That is a unique experience I will always remember and encourage to everyone!

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Lancaster, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2014

Santa Maria sopra Minerva is a church dedicated to Mary built over a Roman temple to Minerva, the goddess of wisdom. Parts of the Roman temple, which is over two thousand years old, still remain. The outside is all ancient Roman, the interior 17th century baroque. In 1613, the bishop of Assisi donated Santa Maria sopra Minerva to the friars... More

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Cheltenham, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2013

The façade of the Roman temple is the only part of it still standing. The church behind it is typical Italian and worth a quick look. The entrance to the museum of the Roman forum is just off the piazza on the road to St Francis Basilica. This is fascinating because you walk back along in front of the temple... More

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Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2013

A beautiful temple built into the hill converted to a church. The drains for the pagan sacrifices are still in place!

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Gadsden, Alabama
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2013

The Temple was originally pagan dating back to Roman times and still retains the columnar front and some say the blood stains from sacrifices ( though I couldn't find them). Inside is a tiny and ancient Catholic Church, dimly lit and dead quiet. Very ancient and charming, spiritually moving. This trip takes all of 5 minutes to take in on... More

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Warwick
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2013

The entrance to the Roman forum is through the Museum, which is off to the rear left of the square as you look at the Temple of Minerva. It is very well presented, and succeeds in giving an extremely realistic idea of what the square must have looked like in Roman times. The forum is remarkably well preserved, and has... More

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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2013

Fantastic place to visit, it's amazing to see and walk next to this walls of more than 2000 years old!

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