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“Santa Maria of the Angels and Martyrs” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Basilica di Santa Maria degli Angeli e dei Martiri

Basilica di Santa Maria degli Angeli e dei Martiri
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Rome Walking Tour: Mary and Saint's Churches
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Owner description: 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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“Santa Maria of the Angels and Martyrs”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2012

This church is amazing. It was built over part of the Roman baths by Michelangelo. After he died, Bernini worked on it. There was a timeline in the baths which Michelangelo left and incorporated into the church. When the Vatican changed out the paintings that were deteriorating over the ages with mosaics, they stored the paintings in this church. Of course no cameras are allowed to preserve the paintings as much as possible.

There were 7 angels and 7 martyrs. Go during the daylight...difficult to see at night by candlelight. Open until 7 p.m.

Visited December 2012
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“Diocletian Baths & Church”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 5, 2012

Very close to Augusta Lucilla Palace hotel and Termini station.
In November had a fascinating Gallileo exhibit including a transept long column showing Gallileo's theories about heavens.
Disliked that part of Gallileo exhibit had a light payment machine. In order to read exhibit, Euro coins had to be used to pay for lights.

Visited November 2012
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“Santa Maria degli Angeli e dei Martiri”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2012

Designed by Michelangelo Buonarrati on top of the ancient baths, the outside is striking for its brick facade. The inside retains its ancient Roman columns; a meridian line (sundial) was added in the late 1700s. An interesting mix of architectural eras.

Visited November 2012
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“another short visit”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2012

Walk into this building and you are on the site of the former Baths of Diocletian. As with other churches in Rome this is very ornate.

Visited November 2012
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“Galileo andMichelangelo”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2012

This church is built into the ruins of ancient Roman baths. The original interior was designed by Michelangelo. Meridians of heavenly bodies are inscribed in the floor and there are representations of the signs of the zodiac also. There was an exhibit about Galileo and his relationship to religion but no apology. There is a small garden and a branch of the National Museum behind the church. It is located on the Piazza della Republica.

Visited October 2012
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