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Basilica di Santa Maria degli Angeli e dei Martiri, Rome

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Basilica di Santa Maria degli Angeli e dei Martiri, a 16th-century church designed by Michelangelo, was built on the remains of the Baths of the Diocletian and is dedicated to the Christians who died constructing the baths. The church was previously the official state church of the kingdom of Italy. Today, national burials are held here. You can find the tombs of Gen. Armando Diaz and Adm. Paolo Thaon di Revel, both famous for their efforts in World War II. Pope Clement XI commissioned the 18th-century meridian line you can see on the marble floor. To learn how to read meridian lines, you can buy a book from the small store inside the church. In the courtyard, you can't miss the 5 m (16.4 ft) bronze statue of Galileo Galilei Divine Man, designed by Nobel laureate Tsung-Dao Lee in 1957). Plan your Basilica di Santa Maria degli Angeli e dei Martiri visit and explore what else you can see and do in Rome using our Rome itinerary planner.
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For easy foot access to most of the city's main historical sites, consider staying in Rome's old town center. The area is conveniently placed for public transport, only a walk away from the city's main railway station. Accommodations here span all hotels sectors, from cheap hostels to luxury brand names. To avoid the steep prices and overcrowding of the town center, explore the hotels in the inner suburbs of Rome. They offer comfortable rooms and excellent food at a fraction of the price charged by the centrally located hotel chains. Another affordable option is the area around Vatican, which boasts a good selection of family-owned B&Bs.
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  • Even if you are tired of seeing churches you must pay a visit to this one on Piazza della Repubblica near Termini station. Michelangelo was commissioned to help convert the Baths of Diocletian - a hug...  more »
  • An ancient church on the burial site os the saint opposite the tomb of the unknown soldier, in front of the fountain and near the train and bus stations.  more »
  • We were most impressed by this basilica. It didn´t luck like much from the outside. But inside it was magnificent and huge. Amazing to think this is a remodeled old bath house and only a part of it we...  more »
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  • Oh my!! This church looks ruined and very small from outside. Once you step in you see three HUGE alters. Ancient paintings and very very beautiful pieces of art. Its very big, its very very pretty. A must must see while in Rome. It is not very famous so it is really easy to get in.
  • Tired of churches? So look into this one. A door in a fallen wall leads into a church that is different in many ways. The church was once turned around inside. The floor is made of marble in all colors. Mother Terasa was voted for saint here this year.
  • One of the best church to be visited in rome. Before going have their special app downloaded which will give freeform guiding . Well documented and free entry.
  • The most surprising basilica in the world. Just check how it looks from the outside and then go in
  • Chrch within ancient Roman architecture, very vast spaces, grandiouse scale