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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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  • Must see. in the splendid setting of Piazza della Repubblica this gem looks like a small San Pietro. Many gold and many candlesticks ... small chapels where you can gather in prayer.
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  • This church is beautiful, too much to see and admire; huge organ instrument; seats available to pray; catacomb experience 
  • This church constructed by Michelangelo contains all the greatness of the Christian Church and is built inside the frigidarium of the baths of Diocletian on Praça da República. The eternal curiosity for science on the part of the Popes is reflected in the presence of the Meridian and the boreal
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  • 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)
  • The ceiling is so high and the interior so beautiful. Never judge a church in Rome by what it looks outside!! I also leant about Galileo Galilei and Tsung-Dao (T. D.) Lee here.
  • Wonderful basilica. Just five minutes away from Termini. The church is dedicated to Science with paintings of Galileo which was quite surprising. The meridian line is an added attraction. The interiors are really beautiful. Definitely worth a visit
  • Not too spectacular from the outside, but the inside is a different story. If you are in the area, check it out!
  • Michelangelo's church and home to a beautiful and miraculous meridian line
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