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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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  • This church, a local Parrish church houses an important piece of unfinished sculpture by Michaelangelo, of Christ holding his cross. This piece is the main reason most visitors go to the church, as I ...  more »
  • The Church is very beautiful. Internally has a very pleasing decor. The architectural structure impresses. Visit.
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  • Perhaps less known from the tourist point of view but certainly no less beautiful than others in Rome, I really loved the ceiling very well painted with bright colors that recall some mosques. Inside are preserved the relics of Saint Catherine of Siena as well as the statue of the risen Christ by Michelangelo must then a visit. Beautiful bodies also placed high on the sides in the aisles. Don't miss it for the world!
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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