Churches/ Cathedrals in Rome

Churches & Cathedrals in Rome, Italy

Churches & Cathedrals in Rome

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  • Rookie8155
    Toronto, Canada128 contributions
    We visited Pantheon in the morning around 9:15 AM. It was not crowded at all at that time of the day. It is amazing building which is two thousand old Roman church. It is so beautiful inside. It is amazing that they have preserved this two thousand years old place so nicely. One word of caution. Women need to cover their shoulders before entering this building.
    Written August 8, 2022
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  • andy s
    Cleethorpes, UK93 contributions
    We bought omnion tickets and thought we could "skip the Queue"! No chance. Everybody is in a very long queue to get in and it is swelteringly hot. There are free water refills, if you have a container. Also, when we enquired about the tour nobody mentioned the fact that shoulders/arms must be covered up. There are street sellers selling thin scarf type coverings which most women are forced to buy if they want to gain access. once inside the decor is, as you might expect, fabulous. We went there on the open toop bus tour, which was difficult to find but we eventually found the boarding points and used a three day pass to good effect.
    Written August 7, 2022
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  • Darrell P
    10 contributions
    The 11th c. Church is built atop three levels of ancient ruins. If you enjoy exploring underground, this is a must. The biggest surprise for us was the still running natural spring that served the 1st c. BC home at the bottom level. Best of all, we had the place almost all to ourselves on an otherwise busy Saturday.
    Written August 6, 2022
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  • grace
    6 contributions
    Beautiful church! Cloister was 3 euros entrance, only open till 4:30 unfortunately but the rest of the church is open longer. Security in front which you breeze through. Lax on tourists’ dress but be respectful. One of my favorite churches in Rome to visit !
    Written June 23, 2022
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  • Wyn R
    2 contributions
    Michelangelo’s statute of Moses was incredible. I have read about and seen pictures Pope Julius’ tomb (though he is not actually buried there). But you cannot get the scale and magnificence of this work until you see it in person. Worth a visit while on Rome.
    Written June 26, 2022
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  • Peter C
    Island of Malta, Malta2,373 contributions
    Santa Maria della Vittoria is a Baroque Catholic Basilica dedicated to the Virgin Mary. It is known for the masterpiece of Gian Lorenzo Bernini in the Cornaro Chapel, the Ecstasy of Saint Teresa. This is definitely one of the most beautiful sculptures you will ever see. There are also a number of sculptures by Domenico Guidi in Capocaccia Chapel worth seeing, especially ‘The Dream of Saint Joseph’. Don’t miss the decorative ceiling and other works of art which are all truly impressive.
    Written August 8, 2022
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  • Peter C
    Island of Malta, Malta2,373 contributions
    The Church is located close to Piazza Navona and is world renowned for the three paintings by Baroque master Caravaggio in the Contarelli Chapel. These are truly magnificent! The church also has other paintings, frescoes and a decorative ceiling. Well worth a visit.
    Written August 9, 2022
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  • Sam
    Nuremberg, Germany11,371 contributions
    One of the most beautiful churches in all of Rome. The ceiling is something else. There’s a big mirror so you can look at the ceiling with more detail
    Written June 25, 2022
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  • dapper777
    Monaco32,182 contributions
    With its imposing structure, the Basilica of St. Paul Outside the Walls is one of the four basilicas of Rome, the largest after that one of St. Peter: it stands on the site where, according to legend, the apostle Paul was buried.
    On that spot the first Christians erected a sepulchral chapel, later transformed into a basilica by Constantine and consecrated by Pope Sylvester I in 324.
    To enter the basilica you have two options: to the north through the Gregorian Portico, facing the Ildefonso Schuster Park or to the west from the "Quadriportico".
    In it, surrounded by the large colonnade, the imposing statue of St. Paul, made of Carrara marble by Giuseppe Obici, will welcome you. Built on the burial place of Paul (originally Saul) of Tarsus, the basilica was destroyed by the fire of 1823 and rebuilt starting in 1826 thanks to the contributions of the faithful from all over the world.
    The portico, which was built between 1890 and 1928 by Guglielmo Calderini on a project by Luigi Poletti, has a row of columns at the entrance, double on both sides and triple on the opposite side. The side walls are decorated with medallions depicting the twelve apostles and some disciples of St. Paul, while in the upper band the splendid nineteenth-century mosaics stand out, again by Luigi Poletti, author,among other things, of the bell tower and the portico on the northern side.
    We visited this church about 25 years ago and we had a great desire to see it again after so many years through the eyes of older and more mature people.
    There are no words to describe it. Maybe one : wonderful.
    it is certainly one of the most beautiful buildings to see in Rome.
    Amazing construction.
    Elegant, imposing,shining and beautiful place to visit and to stay inside for some time.
    Nice garden outside and gorgeous paintings inside.

    We visited this church about 25 years ago and we had a great desire to see it again after so many years .
    Splendid, it is certainly one of the most beautiful things to see in Rome.
    Amazing construction. Elegant, imposing, shinning and beautiful place to visit and stay inside some time.
    A church off the regular beaten path for tourists, but, definitely, well worth a visit.
    It is impressive and massive, yet quiet.
    A feast for the eyes.
    Highly recommended.
    Written July 10, 2022
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  • TA21186
    Munster, Germany621 contributions
    A wonderful church, one of the oldest in Rome. Beautiful ceiling with golden inlays, and there are a number of truely stunning frescos, particularly in the side chapels. There are many interesting features about the church, and if in Trastevere, this one should not be missed.
    Written July 31, 2022
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  • Sam
    Nuremberg, Germany11,371 contributions
    Beautiful church with works from Caravaggio and the famous Chigi Chapel designed by Raphael with sculptures like Habakkuk and the Angel made from Bernini. For any Dan Brown novels fans, this is the first marker to the path of Illumination in Angels and Demons
    Written June 24, 2022
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  • DenverJanine
    Denver, CO40 contributions
    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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  • LittleDan500
    Liverpool, UK249 contributions
    This is sometimes overlooked at people visit the nearby Santa Maria Maggiore. If you can, visit both as they are so close to one another and equally stunning. The mosaics in particular.

    It contains The Column of the Flagellation - the alleged segment of the pillar or column upon which Jesus was flogged and tortured before his crucifixion
    Written June 3, 2022
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  • VoyagerAimerSourire
    Princeton, NJ647 contributions
    Probably the greatest contrast among churches in Rome between its stern sone exterior and the richly-decorated Baroque interior. You could easily walk by without noticing it but once inside we were mesmerized by the painted vault, and its clever optical illusion painted by Gaulli, such that we could not tell where the stone of the vault ended and where the painting began. A moving experience for art lovers regardless of their religion. It can be tiring to crane your neck upwards for a long time to admire all the details of Gaulli's vault, so near the front of the church there is a large mirror angled at ground level that allows you to look down in order to see above you.
    Written July 22, 2022
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  • Mairwen1
    United Kingdom6,620 contributions
    Completely unexpectedly, this austere, and bare looking church houses a beautiful Michelangelo sculpture of Christ. Like every other tourist, I’ve stood in queues and pre-purchased tickets to see Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel and Pieta at St Peter’s so it felt very special to find a beautiful David-like sculpture of Christ sitting quietly inside this church on a tiny little piazza. There’s no hype, no queues , it’s free and you can stand right up close to it without any barriers. Just beautiful.
    The church façade is deceptively simple. From the spartan exterior, you’d never guess at the treasures inside. The church origins are sketchy and probably go back to the early 7th century but what you see here today was largely built in the13th century. The rose windows are classic Gothic and inside you will also see a medieval vaulted ceiling and pointy Gothic arches. The church itself is a rare example of a mediaeval Gothic church within Rome.

    Despite ongoing restoration works, there’s an awful lot to see in this church. For me, the highlights were:
    1) Michelangelo’s ‘Risen Christ’ (to the left of the altar). The odd nappy-like garment he’s wearing was not Michelangelo’s idea and was added later, in more puritan times, to preserve Christ’s modesty.
    2) the Cappella Carafa (to the right of the altar). Absolutely beautiful 15th century frescos by Filippino Lippi. The altarpiece shows the theologian, St Thomas Aquinas presenting a pious looking Cardinal Carafa to Our Lady (Carafa paid for the chapel). Other frescos deal with the life of Thomas Aquinas where he is debating heretics, performing the miracle of the talking crucifix and squashing the devil with his foot. We could easily pick him out because he’s wearing a dark robe.
    3) The medieval vaulted ceiling was a sea of dark blue sky with gold stars. Even the vault ribs are decorated to look like gold rope.
    4) Memorial to Maria Raggi by the famous Bernini - it didn’t grab my attention right away but it is a beautifully understated piece. What was striking was the way the gold and black marble and bronze are carved to look like windswept, flowing drapes. It’s hard to believe it’s stone. You almost want to touch it to check.
    5) Tomb of Fra Angelico, the great early Renaissance painter (on the left of the altar choir). He actually died here in the convent in 1455. Fra Angelico’s painting of the Virgin and Child hangs over the chapel altar and in 1984, Pope John Paul II stood in front of the tomb and proclaimed him patron of artists.
    6) Shrine of St Catherine of Siena, a 14th century celebrity saint, died here in 1380 and has been interred beneath the altar since 1855 (minus her head which bizarrely, is in Siena)
    7) Although not strictly speaking a part of the church, make sure to check out Bernini’s curious elephant and obelisk monument outside in Piazza Minerva.

    NOTE: Entry is free. As others below have noted, a major restoration is underway which means that you can no longer enter from Piazza Minerva. Instead you have to go all the way around the right hand side of the church to the well hidden rear entrance on Via Beato Angelico. Most of the church is closed off and is quite dark. However its absolutely still worth going because you still get to see the Michelangelo up close, the very beautiful ceilings and the Capella Carafa. Importantly, the church is now open much more frequently. We stayed around the corner and it was open every time we passed by, except during the middle of the day which is normal for most churches in Italy.
    Written July 5, 2022
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