Basilica di Santa Maria degli Angeli e dei Martiri

Basilica di Santa Maria degli Angeli e dei Martiri

Basilica di Santa Maria degli Angeli e dei Martiri
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Spectacular church full of breathtaking statues and paintings. Located near the Termini station in Rome, this church is guaranteed to leave you gasping in admiration.
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Neighborhood: Esquilino
Old school vibe from the very beginning is the only way to describe the Esquilino neighborhood. The Esquilino takes pride in being one of the oldest areas in Rome for its key location on one of the city’s famous seven hills. From an ancient neighborhood to its modern incarnation as a multicultural hub, Esquilino always has something going on—polyglot vendors debate street artists while kids play pick-up basketball games. Look around you: this area isn’t like the historic center. Liberty architecture, large piazzas, and long boulevards mix with archaic arches, secret side alleys, and beautiful churches like Santa Maria Maggiore.
How to get there
  • Repubblica - Teatro dell'Opera • 2 min walk
  • Termini • 5 min walk
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4.5
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Peter3101
Edinburgh, UK392 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
When in Rome, all the churches that you visit eventually merge, but this one is unusual as it has a SUNDIAL set into the floor.

If you are preoccupied looking at the ceiling and the walls, which is normal (and reasonable) tourist behaviour, you might miss it, It was inaugurated by Pope Clement XI in 1702 and is 45 metres long, and beautifully set into the floor of the nave. The rays of the sun enter through the coat of arms of Pope Clement, set high up in the wall.

A sundial in a church is unusual enough, but, beside it is a 'Boreal Meridian' to track the movement of the Pole star, with light entering through a different hole in the wall.

Beside these two there are lovely marble inlays representing the signs of the zodiac etc set into the floor.
Written March 6, 2020
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Marla7
Naas, Ireland821 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022
I was very surprised by this basilica - the exterior is very unassuming and, I believe, part of the Terme di Diocleziano building. But the interior is a proper Renaissance church architected initially by Michelangelo. There is an interesting mix of old and new inside the church, including statues and paintings (and the doors) from contemporary artists. Unfortunately I didn't have a lot of time to explore as they announced they were closing shortly after I entered, but I recommend a visit if you are in the area.
Written October 10, 2022
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Peter C
Island of Malta, Malta2,683 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2021
Basilica of Saint Mary of the Angels and the Martyrs is very close to the main Termini station and built on a site previously used for Roman Baths. The Basilica is a sequence of architectural spaces developed on a Greek cross with a dominant transept, cubicle chapels at each end and a transverse nave. While visiting, I truly enjoyed the architectural treasures, imposing statues, commemorative tombs, beautiful paintings and decorative chapels. The Basilica was and remains an important Church for official functions.
Written September 29, 2021
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DenverJanine
Denver, CO41 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2022
Amazing experience. Michelangelo's last project that largely preserved the gigantic Roman ruins of a bathhouse. The scale is enormous, with a great historical perspective in the sacristy - be sure to visit there. The art is from the most traditional donated by the Vatican through modern and this is one place that has made that work exceptionally well. The median is also fascinating. You could do this in about 15-20 minutes but I couldn't pull myself away and spent more than an hour here. It is quiet with no lines. Architectural gem!
Written June 13, 2022
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Val L
Singapore, Singapore17 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2022
A beautiful basilica with a focus on Mother Mary's role in glorifying God in the person of her son Jesus Christ. We attended mass on 31st Dec with a small congregation and felt the deep faith and devotion among the people. There were no tourists, or curious onlookers. This sacred space offered a me a time for prayer and contemplation. Amazing.
Written January 8, 2023
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Syadza A
Jakarta, Indonesia39 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
When you first saw this Basilica, you will think that this is very interesting and old since the front is like it carved from the rock.
And then, you walked in and be surprised by how huge it is on the inside. The murals on the ceiling are breathtaking.
You will want to make a visit and see it at least once. :)
Written January 14, 2020
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Brad
Hong Kong, China173,427 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Family
This is an interesting place to visit at Piazza della Repubblica in Rome. What you find is a 16th-century church designed by Michelangelo within the shell ruins of the 3rd-century Baths of Diocletian. Hence the ancient ruins exterior that you find when approaching.

The interior is surprisingly spacious. You'll find large open space, fairly typical chapels with artworks, some sculptures, a nice marble floor. Make sure to see the famous Meridien Line and if interested, there is a small exhibition area regarding the history of the the old Baths of Diocletian and how Michelangelo transformed their ruins into the church we see today.
Written April 15, 2024
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CazzaWestMids
The Royal Town of Sutton Coldfield, UK649 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Family
Stunning church set in the most amazing grounds in what looks like a cave. Free to enter and moments walk away from the Termini. Stunning inside. You must take a seat and admire the beauty of this special place.
Written April 1, 2024
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Mojmir B
Bratislava, Slovakia530 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2018 • Couples
Located very close to Rome’s Termini, the Basilica is a place which shouldn’t be avoided during your Rome’s Trip. This ancient and collossal place is indeed worth your visit.
Written March 17, 2018
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Amy W
New Jersey257 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
After getting some advice before heading to the pricey Baths of Caracalla I read about the Baths that were here before this church. Apparently they are much better preserved than Caracalla and I could imagine after reading Rick Steve's Rome where the baths and cooling off rooms were. The red marble columns in the church were original to the baths and when you walk around you can imagine as it looked back then with people bathing and exercising...worth the trip right outside of Termini station in front of Piazza Republicca.
Written July 28, 2009
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