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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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  • It is placed on the spot for Diocletians Thermae (baths) in Rome. Comissioned by the Pope, and Michelangelo started to make the architecture. That was in 1563, To-day from the outside only the bronze ...  more »
  • Beautiful basilica amazing just crossed the threshold because we don't expect the marbles and the charming Miss Sundial.
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  • One of the things we liked most about Rome was that you could see a different church every few steps! The marble work is exquisite. And this one had a very interesting floor. The story behind the zodi...  more »
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  • Under-appreciated gem. Designed by Michelangelo and set on the former grounds of Diocletian's Baths, the church has been added to and modified through the centuries, becoming a virtual art museum. Thankfully Michelangelo's vaulted ceilings have been left alone.
  • First place I wanted to see, and I'm so glad I did. You would never expect what this place is from just looking outside. It casts the illusion of a ruined building, when inside it's simply a palace of fear and beauty. Highly recommended.
  • In this church, the antiquity and modernity mingle in a unique and beautiful manner, and so do religion and science. One of the places you should visit while being in Rome to pause and reflect on. The mass times, as of September 2016, are shown in the pictures.
  • In my vacation in Rome, I visited many churches. Santa Maria degli Angeli e dei Martiri was absolutely stunning and was by far my favorite. Set in the ancient Roman ruins of the sprawling Baths of Diocletian, this church perfectly captures the long history of the city. Oh, and the gigantic 45 meter long Meridian line etched across the floor of the church is straight out of Indiana Jones. (a beam of light fires down from a corner of the ceiling at 12 noon and illuminates the day of the year)
  • I just saw the pictures from my Google map but then again I'm so in love with the places .. Hopefully someday i can get it go there 😃