Chiesa di Santa Maria del Popolo, Rome

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#26 of 252 in Historic Sites in Rome
Located in the famous Piazza del Popolo, Chiesa di Santa Maria del Popolo is an Augustinian church filled with historic artwork. Artists featured here include Raphael, Andrea Bregno, Caravaggio, Donato Bramante, and more. Small fees are required to illuminate the artwork. Check out the tombs, where famous figures like Girolamo Basso della Rovere, Giovanni Battista Gisleni, and Agostino Chigi are buried. The church is featured in novels by Dan Brown. With our world travel planner, Rome attractions like Chiesa di Santa Maria del Popolo can be center stage of your vacation plans, and you can find out about other attractions like it, unlike it, near it, and miles away.
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  • August 18, 2017
    Absolutely worth visiting. The opportunity to visit between a mass and the other reminds us that we are in a church, but a church rich as a treasure trove of diamonds. All beautiful the works and even if it takes a euro to enlighten them, kill yourself just to keep these pieces visible to everyone.
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  • August 14, 2017
    Well worth visiting, another example of the amazing Art and magnificence omnipresent in Rome! This church is a special place with a tranquil feel to it, loads to look at everywhere. No charge to enter...  more »
  • August 12, 2017
    Art lovers think of this church as the home of a famous Caravaggio painting (St. Paul's Conversion) but the entire church is worth a look. There are at least two statues by Bernini, and some wonderful...  more »
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  • One of Rome's most spectacular churches filled with outstanding artworks- not just the exquisite works by Caravaggio.
  • Very nice church but tend to be crowded especially in front of the Caravage.
  • Most of you have already known everything about the 2 Caravaggio paintings in this church. Unless you're an art major or did extensive Google or YouTube, these 2 paintings are not worthy of your 15 or less minutes. You guys know Caravaggio is a freak right~? Ok, he was a great talented freak just like Michelangelo. Yeah, I saw plenty folks walked in and out less then 3 minutes. Here is a little known fact from yesterday afternoon visit 26-10-2016. There is a church "line man" controls the crowds going up to see Caravaggio paintings. His side job is to shush those speaks too loud in the church. But then, he became too loud himself at times. Once he let you in, you've got 15 minutes and he will not let you get back in again. He also will tells you NO FLASH~! Which I absolutely agree. Now for those Caravaggio freaks out there, these 2 paintings are very worthy of your ONE EU$1 to turn the light on so you (and others) can see these paintings. Yes, there is a coin box on the Right hand side of the Chapel, you need to deposit EU$1 for about 5 minutes worth. My suggestions are: prime your camera (no flash again~! or get a decent low light camera), preplan your positions in your head (get different views) out side of the chapel. Once you get in, you've already know what position to take your pictures and don't forget to selfie yourself to death, there is no shame in it. After you've paid lots money to get to Rome, do your selfies~! My money saving tip is to team up with other tourists, I paid EU50cents and he did the other half, now we both get to take all the pictures and other whom did not pay also get to have some good time. Be nice, don't fight to get to the selfie positions, you're inside of a "chuuurch"~!
  • Interesting architecture works by raphael
  • Perfect place to burn a cardinal alive. (Movie "Angels and demons")

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