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 to see Basilica di Santa Maria degli Angeli e dei Martiri and other attractions that appeal to you using our Rome trip maker site .
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  • The Santa maria delgi Angeli e dei Martiri (Basilica of Saint Maria of the Angels and the Martyrs is an impressive church built within the ruins of the Roman bathes of Diocletian in the Piazza della R...  more »
  • The look of the humble church, after entering the house was shocking. Behind it are statues of Galileo and Li Daozheng. In the Place de la Republique, the sunset is excellent.
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  • Beautiful and free a real show (under renovation) of undervalued art just steps from the term station
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  • Of all my stops in Rome, this was by far my favorite. And it happened by chance. The unassuming entrance leads you to a truly awe inspiring interior, full of gorgeous paintings, sculptures and religious history. Mass is still celebrated here. If you are a lady, please be sure to wear clothing that covers your shoulders and front. This is a must visit if you are ever in Rome.
  • It was interesting to see Holy Church, Science, astrology, history and see and untouched ceiling altogether. Just makes you wonder what amazing murals we missed due to an early death of the painter. The most important, just in time to finish with our Lord’s blessings after Mass.
  • I enjoyed visiting this church. Beautiful inside. I was able to share a great moment with my 11 month old son starting him on a great journey to gain knowledge and to enjoy history.
  • Such a great attraction. It’s maybe the most unexpected for me place in Rome. It wasn’t in my Google Trips list for Rome, I’ve just mentioned this building on my way to Colosseum. Church looks very huge inside, full of different statues, murals and marble. Great great great. Must visit in Rome! Also, the great fountain is located in front of this Basilica.
  • This is a former Roman bath house from the era of emperor diocletian. Michelangelo was commissioned to convert it in to a cathedral and this building is the result. It is very near Termini subway station and bus yard and very near two of the hop-on-hop-off bus stops making it a very worthwhile visit to a wonderful Cathedral in Rome without a lot of walking. Also within a block or two is the beautiful church containing Bernini,s famed sculpture the ecstasy of St Teresa ...very worth seeing both while you are in the area.
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