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“Beautiful Caravaggio paintings” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Church of Santa Maria del Popolo

Church of Santa Maria del Popolo
Piazza del Popolo, 12 | Campo Marzio, 00187 Rome, Italy (Campo Marzio)
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Ranked #55 of 1,443 things to do in Rome
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Owner description: This Renaissance church contains Baroque additions along with various 18th- and 19th-century monuments, which add to the beauty of this structure.
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“Beautiful Caravaggio paintings”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2014

I want here because I wanted to see the art, and especially the Caravaggio paintings. The whole church was beautiful and if you're anywhere nearby, it's definitely worth it to go in and have a look. And don't miss the Caravaggio paintings :-)

Visited December 2013
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“Beautiful, quiet and not always as crowded as you might expect!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2013

We were on a private tour with a guide when we went into this church - one of our guide's favorite places in Rome. If you are a fan of Italian art, the Caravaggio's are beautiful. We were there in late November, so it was not very crowded and there was plenty of time to walk around to see everything.

Visited November 2013
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“Bones, skulls and some paintings too”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2013

This is a 'must see' in Rome and every guidebook will point you there. Lots and lots to see - every chapel has something worthy of note and - unlike some churches where there's a smash and grab to see the one famous painting and leave - I found that I lingered a good while here enjoying the chapels one at a time.

Over and above the art, do spend some time appreciating the bones, skulls and generally direct reminders of mortality.

Effigies in the floor have 3D brass bones and skulls; grim reaper mosaics; a caged skeleton in the wall to the left as you enter... This really is the most boned/skulled/skeletonised church I've come across. This iconography of mortality finds a counterpoint in the many butterflies and moths to be seen in the art - a different reminder of the fleeting transience of life...

Just as well, then, that after a visit you return to the explosive hubbub of Piazza del Popolo to be firmly amongst the living!

Visited December 2013
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“Twin Domes !!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2013

Very large and airy piazza, housing many mobile attractions. Gateway to the shopping area beyond towards the Spanish Steps. Get off the Metro at Floriana.

Visited September 2013
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“Often missed beautiful Basilica with Caravaggio, Raphael and others!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2013

This lovely Basilica was built at the site of an 11th century chapel, with a legend that says the sight was once haunted by the ghost of Nero. Built in 1477, the church contains many noteworthy works of art, including Rome's oldest stained-glass windows, two famous paintings by Caravaggio, and one Chapel dome by Raphael. The Caravaggio paintings are lighted, but you have to deposit coins to activate the light, but that is no big deal. Raphael's dome has mosaic decorated panels between gold painted stuccos. It is obviously inspired by the Sistine Chapel, which was painted about 5 years earlier. Photographs are not allowed, but there are plenty on the internet which you can add to your collection.

Visited October 2013
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