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Basilica di Santa Maria in Aracoeli, Rome

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Sitting atop the Campidoglio, accessed by a monumental staircase, Basilica di Santa Maria in Aracoeli is designated the church of the city council of Rome. Though its foundations as a place of worship were laid in the sixth century, today's church is mostly a reflection of the Franciscans' application of Romanesque-Gothic styles in the 13th century. The church is adorned with chandeliers and a wooden coffered ceiling, and there are a number of impressive frescoes throughout. During the Christmas season, the famous Santo Bambino (infant Jesus) statue carved of olive wood is brought to the high altar. If climbing the 124 marble steps to this building seems too daunting, take the steps to the right to get in a back entrance, where the incline is not as steep. Make Basilica di Santa Maria in Aracoeli part of your personalized Rome itinerary using our Rome itinerary builder.
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  • The Basilica of St. Mary of the Altar of Heaven sits on the Capitoline Hill, between the Vittoriano and the Piazza Campidoglio. It is reached up a monumental staircase (or better yet, cut through the ...  more »
  • This is a beautiful church on the Capitoline Hill. The outside is different from many churches in Rome being mainly brick and being fairly plain. Access at the front is gained by climbing a large numb...  more »
  • Very old Basilica, located on Capitol Hill Visited during the concert "REQUIEM" by Gaetano DONIZETTI, Saturday March 18, 2017 Arcopu choir, conducted by Maestro Gelmetti.
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  • Expect quite a few steps to get to it, but the church is worth it. Gold plated ceiling and beautiful paintings high on the walls. Close to Piazza venezia which you must visit anyway.
  • The Basilica of St. Mary of the Altar of Heaven is a beautiful part of the Michaelangelo-designed Campidoglio.
  • Very nice church on the inside with a great view on the city!
  • Worth the visit! Lots of St. Helen items in the small gift shop in the back.
  • This may be the most beautiful church I've ever entered. And it wasn't overrun by tourists. Hugely worthwhile.