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St Maria Sopra Minerva Basilica, Rome

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A feast for the eyes just a few steps from the Pantheon, St Maria Sopra Minerva Basilica features notable stained glass windows and Michelangelo’s famed statue of Christ the Redeemer. Completed in 1370, this is the city’s only surviving example of original Gothic church building. Behind a restrained Renaissance facade, the interior features arched vaulting, painted blue with gilded stars and trimmed with brilliant red ribbing in a 19th-century Neo-Gothic restoration. The site is a resting place of several popes from the Medici line, and includes the tomb of Fra Angelico, a renowned Renaissance painter. In front of the church, you can see one of the most curious monuments in the city, a statue by sculptor Gianlorenzo Bernini of an elephant supporting an Egyptian obelisk. This is the shortest of the 11 obelisks still in existence in Rome. Using our custom trip planner, Rome attractions like St Maria Sopra Minerva Basilica can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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  • A good spot to relax & reflect. Stop at the church with the elephant carrying an obelisk out front, then make your way to the Pantheon only steps away.Here you are able to see another of Michelangelo'...  more »
  • The Church just behind the Pantheon, Michelangelo's statue of Jesus the good Shepherd. Beautiful decor, very impressive atmosphere. In the neighbourhood of the monastery of the Dominicans. Admission free.
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  • Here you are able to see another of Michelangelo's works. The ceiling is a bright blue celestial painting. Really very beautiful.  more »
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  • Not far from the Pantheon, definitely worth a stop. Free admission, but there was a guy asking for donations at the door. Gladly gave him some change on the way out, since the place was calm, beautiful, and contained very beautiful paintings, statues, and ceilings.
  • Worth popping in to admire the details, highly recommended if you like churches.
  • Georgeous place, if you're into chruches.
  • Very pleasant church, nicely decorated on the inside!
  • Worth stopping in when you're at the Pantheon