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Basilica di Santa Maria degli Angeli e dei Martiri
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Reviewed August 24, 2015

the basilica Santa Maria degli Angeli in Rome is the official basilica for the Italian government, hence the place where to this day the state burials, weddings etc are celebrated. It is also a true jewel of the Renaissance.
But in my humble opinion this is not the only reason why you shouldn't miss it - this basilica is the nicest and most interesting church in Rome. It was designed by Michelangelo himself and was built inside the ancient Roman baths of Diocletian. Michelangelo kept the ancient entrance and wanted no frills for the main façade. the exterior consists in the outer wall of the Roman imperial baths.You can thus imagine what the baths were like (inside and out) while admiring the art, the monumental tombs, the monumental organ and last but not least, the Meridian Line, that was used until the XIX century to give all the roman churches the exact time.
Situated quite near the Termini train station, the basilica is very easy to find : it is located on the beautiful piazza Esedra! Also take some time to admire the bronze doors by Igor Mitoraj... but never forget this is a place for worship for many catholics, alas too many tourists tend to forget it. Enjoy your visit!

Date of experience: May 2015
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Reviewed August 21, 2015

From the outside this church appears like a mix of rustic meets simple. This is just a facade for what is hidden inside. Almost everything is made of marble on the inside. It is quite amazing. The stained glass located at the top of one of the domes is just spectacular. A must visit when in Rome.

Date of experience: August 2015
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Reviewed August 19, 2015 via mobile

Although from looking at the very plan & old facade you could easily feel that this is just one of many churches in Rome, the inside of this church is magnificent and a must for anyone visiting Rome.

As soon as I stepped inside I was left in awe at the magnitude and beauty of this ornate basilica. The interior was beautifully decorated & a personal highlight included the impressive pipe organ.

Too further add to this already impressive site, this church was built on the ruins of the Baths of Diocletian with Michelangelo as the architect.

Date of experience: August 2015
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Reviewed August 17, 2015 via mobile

Visited here as we found it on the way to another attraction. Beautiful inside and well worth a look. As it is a church they prefer you to be modestly dressed, but you can hire a cover up for a few euros.

Date of experience: August 2015
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Reviewed August 17, 2015

This is one of my favorite places in Rome. It is absolutely stunning and I was glad I did not miss out on it, although it was not one of the places we planned to see. Definitely a must see in Rome.

Date of experience: June 2015
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