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“the Michelangelo's art!”

Santa Maria Sopra Minerva
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“the Michelangelo's art!”
Reviewed April 16, 2014

it's just a block to the Pantheon.the only Gothic church in Rome,the beautiful blue ceiling with heavenly paintings.here you can find the Michelangelo's Cristo della Minerva sculpture!it's breathtaking and when we were there, there were nobody else in the church.how lucky we are!

Visited March 2014
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“Inside very beautiful church”
Reviewed April 14, 2014

The outside looks the church does not look like much, but you can break away from Bernini's elephant in the square in front, you see inside the Church probably the most beautiful blue ceiling throughout Rome.

Visited April 2014
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“Absolutely Stunning”
Reviewed April 7, 2014

Doesn't look like very much from the outside,but once you get in it takes your breath away...mind boggling!!

Visited April 2014
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“Missing Michelangelo”
Reviewed April 2, 2014

The church was busy with tourists who had to step over a herd of gypsies parked on the front steps of the basilica. The problem was that each of the tourists was holding a guidebook but not actually seeing anything around them. Being the only Gothic church in Rome most people noticed that it was "different" but couldn't actually articulate why it had such a strange look to it. Anyway I had ensconced myself up in the very front----to the left of the altar, at the feet of Michelangelo's Risen Christ. In the old days the friars would have un-clipped the bronze loin cloth for a few lira of this athletic Jesus but those days are long gone. To say that this statue is magnificent falls far short of its reality. And while it is true that some third rate artist did work on it after the Master walked away from it (he found a black vein in the white marble) one is not distracted by the other hands who have also chiseled on it. This is the Risen Jesus in all His glory, gazing out strong, revitalized and very much alive. Yet, in the darkened church most of the tourists, nose in books, walked all around Him with very few even pausing to look at the nameplate. With the Pieta, behind grayish bullet proof glass and at the back of a smallish chapel, or the towering David in the electric white of his own marble flesh, this Risen Christ is approachable, comprehensible and quite heroic. As I sat there I counted forty five tourists walking by the statue with only 15 of them realizing that they would never come so close to a stature by Michelangelo nor have the opportunity to gaze into the very eyes of the Risen Christ. Guidebooks are very good but they should be left in the hotel rooms. For in reading them while in transit much of the great art is simply being walked by and not even seen. How sad that is...because with this work of art, for example, you can go around the back of it and see the offending discolored marble that so distressed Michelangelo. Go to Santa Maria sopra Minerva but leave the guidebook with the gypsies at the door.

Visited March 2014
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“Really nice church, loved the ceiling. ”
Reviewed March 28, 2014 via mobile

This is a lovely church. We went on to escape the rain but I'm glad we did. The ceiling is impressive. Rome is full of churches but this is bigger than most but not as popular as the more well known ones.

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