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 a centerpiece of your Rome vacation itinerary, and find what else is worth visiting using our Rome trip planner .
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  • These stairs are located next to the Cordonata on the Capitoline hill area and consists of 124 marble steps leading to the main entry of Santa Maria in Ara Coeli. Hence, the nickname of Stairway to He...  more »
  • Is a landmark. Seiko is your wife. Because a note is put, I can write a request and put it in a post. His Roman friends said they didn't know:)
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  • Located in the Capitol hill the Aracoeli was the church of the Roman people and its civic institutions, you can admire the Baroque decorations, it is those of the Roman Gothic.
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  • Very grand with chandeliers hanging from the roof and fancy art work behind bars. There are two entrances the main one at the front and another hidden around the back. I came in the back way where it also leads to a couple of great viewing points for pictures of Rome and some ruins (so you get to see them for free). So if you come in the front leave via the back and vice versa I'd say.
  • Don’t let the fencing in front and side deter you. The church is open via small front and side entrances. It’s beautiful inside. See the many chandeliers, beautiful altar, paintings along the side, and the holy baby statue to the left of the altar. Must see!
  • An absolutely amazing church! If you're in the area, it's a "must-do.". State funerals are held here. Keep an eye out for the bees (a symbol of the Barberini family). Tons of beautiful religious artwork and amazing side chapels. While the stairs at the front might be scary, you can enter from the monument next door. Really worth a visit.
  • My very own favourite place in Rome. The chuch is great but you might need a rest after forcing the staircase. A breath-taking view of Forum Romanum and Colosseum will be your reward!
  • One of the most beautiful churches in Rome! It's worth to climb the stairs to reach it next to the Roman Capitol. Do not forget to visit the famous chapel of Child Jesus (hidden on the left side behind the main altar).
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