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The Roman columns are evident as is the old wall. That it remains is probably due to it being used as a church. The Mother of Christ over (the Roman goddess ) Minerva is more than symbolic. Small by Italian church standards but the decor...More
You first notice the 6-column portico that was a 1 BC Roman temple. The temple has been repurposed as a church. The interior is small, but very ornate with a baby blue hue highlighted by gold leaf. A must visit when you are in Piazza...More
Minerva was a mythylogical Roman goddess. Santa Maria, the Mother of Christ, figures prominently in the Christian faith that replaced the Roman gods. Santa Maria sopra (over) Minerva is a parish church that makes use of the old Roman temple built on this site, so,...More
While walking around Assisi, I came to the Temple of Minerva. It currently houses a church, Santa Maria sopra Minerva, built in 1539 and renovated in the 17th century. It was another beautiful church. It is small but quite ornate. There is a lovely fountain...More
Every Saturday there is a free mid-day concert (donations can be left at the end) and the church was full. The interior is stunning and the concert, which was led by the renowned music director, Carlo Forlivesi was wonderful. It lasted 45 minutes. The acoustics...More