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Santa Maria della Vittoria

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Address: Via XX Settembre 17, 00187 Rome, Italy
Phone Number: +39 06 42740571
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I came here because of Angels and Demons, I wanted to go movie film site and Bernini art hunting. The church does not look like much on the outside but the interior is... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

I came here because of Angels and Demons, I wanted to go movie film site and Bernini art hunting. The church does not look like much on the outside but the interior is beautifully decorated. And the Bernini sculpture of Saint Theresa is very beautiful. Bernini really was a master.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

This is perhaps my favorite church in Rome, second only to St. Peter's. It's small, but absolutely exquisite in its architecture and art. The crowning beauty in this gem is Bernini's "Ecstasy of St. Teresa" which would be worth the trip even if it were housed in an empty warehouse. There is so much beauty in this relatively small church... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

Externally an unassuming church slightly out of the main tourist hub. Inside it's a highly decorative church with the main vocal point being Berninis famous and impressive sculpture the ecstasy of Saint Theresa. This is a highly regarded sculpture in the field of art history and while it won't be to everyone's taste it's a highly skilled piece. The statue... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

You must seek out this little visited church which is near the Piazza della Repubblica. Possibly the most ornate church in Rome and wholeheartedly recommended. Inside there is one of Bernini's masterpieces and should not be missed.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a small, unassuming church not far from the railway station. As such, the area around the church itself isn't the greatest attraction, and not one pulsing with visitors. But people flock to this church mainly to see one great masterpiece of Baroque art: Bernini's "Ecstasy of St Teresa of Avila," depicting a 16th-century Spanish saint caught up in... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This church is a bit out of the way of the normal tourist route, but is definitely worth visiting to see the famous sculpture by Bernini of the Ecstasy of St Theresa in the Cornaro Chapel. St Theresa of Avila, the first Carmelite saint, described her encounter with an angel as follows “I saw in his hand a long spear... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

You have to go. My favorite church/monument place in Rome. Bernini's peace is jaw-dropping. Spent half an hour with my eyes on it. Magnificent. The church is beautiful overall, too.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

You absolutely MUST go see this church. It is one of my absolute favorites. It's so small and unassuming from the outside, yet so breathtakingly beautiful on the inside! Words and pictures can not do it justice. You must go see it in person. Note the church is closed from 12:30 - 3:30 daily.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

When we arrived at the church early in the afternoon it was still closed for midday break, so we had to wait thirty more minutes for it to open. And it was worth the wait!! The small church is packed with great pieces and abundant adornments, embellishments, and artistic flourishes. The star of the show, of course, is Bernini's masterpiece,... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I was very happy to visit this beautiful Church very prayerful and attractive. I am grateful to all who maintain this place so well to captivate the tourists.

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