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Santa Maria della Vittoria

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Address: Via Venti Settembre 17, 00187 Rome, Italy
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A must see in Rome!

Hidden in this tiny church (compared to so many mammoth structures in Rome) is one of the most impressive sculptures ever carved. The Ecstasy of Therese is astonishing. If you're... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 weeks ago
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Hidden in this tiny church (compared to so many mammoth structures in Rome) is one of the most impressive sculptures ever carved. The Ecstasy of Therese is astonishing. If you're Catholic you owe it to yourself to see this representation of the heights of mystical prayer. If not, you still will be amazed and happy to have seen it.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

A beautiful church to visit if you are in Rome, we've been to a few but this one was our favourite one

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Glorious example of 'extreme Baroque' that contains Bernini's best work (as he said so himself). The church is dedicated to the Blessed Virgin in gratitude for a military victory over Protestant forces in Bohemia (Battle of the White Mountain) in 1620. Much of the interior decoration allegorically represents this victory, including the nave ceiling fresco. An icon of the Nativity... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 2, 2017

The Bernini sculpture is a masterpiece, but the rest of the church is amazing as well. Our teenage son liked this church better than any other in Rome because of the incredibly ornate decor on every square inch of the interior. Truly beautiful.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 2, 2017

A stunning baroque church will Bernini's famous St. Teresa centerpiece but don't miss the spectacular ceiling decoration, colored marble walls, luxuriant gilding, side chapels and the sacristy where you can purchase mementos.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 18, 2016 via mobile

Unfortunately the beautiful ceiling and sculpture work of the building are not in my photos as they are on my camera rather than iPhone. It must however be said that I uttered the words "it might be better than the Sistine Chapel ceiling" to my husband. The famous "sexually charged Bernini extravagance" Santa Teresa Trafitta Dall'amore di Dio (Ecstasy of... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 16, 2016 via mobile

This is fine church in its own right. Well worth a visit in itself. The church is also a location in the Angels and Demons book by Dan Brown giving clues on the trail through Rome.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 29, 2016

Bernini's masterpiece "The Ecstasy of St. Teresa" alone makes this small church a "must see"! A short walk from Roma Termini a couple blocks past Piazza delle Repubblica to this corner church just a few yards beyond Fontana dell'Acqua Felice. The overall quality of this church's artworks proves the adage that "big things come in small packages". Bring some half... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 28, 2016

The artwork in the Santa Maria Vittoria is just breath taking. This is one of the smaller churches and I strongly recommend you find this Church, sit down and stare in wonder at the fantastic Art work.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 21, 2016

Santa Maria della Vittoria is a small church found next to the public baths of Diocletian. It is really a pearl of the baroque art along with the Chiesa di Gesu. The ecstacy of St Teresa of Avila by Bernini remains a master work of this 17th century architect.

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