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Santa Maria Sopra Minerva

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Address: Piazza della Minerva 42, Rome, Italy
Phone Number: 06 6793926
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another uniquely beautiful church.

Everye church in Rome is worth a visit. the ceiling in Santa Maria reminded me of some of the tombs in the valley of the kings in Egypt. Beautiful starry sky.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Everye church in Rome is worth a visit. the ceiling in Santa Maria reminded me of some of the tombs in the valley of the kings in Egypt. Beautiful starry sky.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Santa Maria Sopra Minerva is the lovely Dominican church just across the square from the Pantheon.It contains the tombs of St Catherine of Siena and of Beato Angelico. Despite the large number of tourists, it remains relatively peaceful and quiet, a good place to pray or just to stop and think. Well worth a visit and a lot to see.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

It's behind the Pantheon. It's the only church in Rome that's been preserved in its original Gothic style. The Bernini artwork is stunning, especially the obelisk and elephant in the surrounding piazza. And the colors, especially that brilliant blue ceiling, are amazing. It may not be as popular as some of the other churches in Rome, but it is definitely... More 

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Grand Rapids, MI
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We were pleasantly surprised when this church happened to be on our route to the Pantheon one day in Rome. I really like St. Catherine and wanted to see her tomb but didn't realize we would be right by it. The church and tomb area are absolutely beautiful!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Definitely worth a visit, and very close to the Pantheon - be sure to check the hours the church is open before going.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This church is in the piazza with Bernini's obelisk with the elephant. It is an example of a true basilica with 3 naves. The ceilings are gorgeous and it is worth the visit.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Extraordinary art and architecture not to be missed. The side chapels are amazing with a rich history on many levels. The obelisk in the front courtyard also has a fascinating story (as do all of the 13 obelisks in Rome, more than the 8 in Egypt).

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This church is one of my favorites. Andrea bocelli filmed sacred Arias in this church. Look for the Bernini elephant statue in front on the outside

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

You wouldn't expect it from the outside. Built over an ancient roman temple of Minerva. Run by the dominicans. Incredible frescoes of Fra Angelico. Tomb of St. Catherine in the main altar. And a sculpture fo Michelangelo of Christ with the cross. These are just some things you will find in this magnificent place.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2016 via mobile

Steps away from the Grande Hotel Minerva, one might overlook it from the outside. But once inside, it's magnificent. I happened onto a morning service with Dominican priests. The vaulted ceilings, frescos and art are very beautiful and worth taking time to linger. I loved the atmosphere, and of course lighting some candles in prayer.

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