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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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  • One of the places I wanted to visit on this trip was the Church of Santa Maria sopra Minerva. Being art history I couldn't go there. And being Fiorentina couldn't go see the tombs of the medici Popes (Leo X is Clement VII). Besides them the beautiful frescoes by Filippino Lippi (Florence) in the Carafa Chapel, a statue by Michelangelo, and other tombs of the great Gian Lorenzo Bernini. A lovely place indeed! Two steps from Pantheon ... indeed just around! Don't let yourselves be escape!
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  • This is the only church Gothic of all Roma, with marble polychromed and a beautiful ceiling blue. It contains great works of art that can be classified as a small museum.
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  • Beautiful gothic church. They say that the only one of this style in all of Rome. The Church takes the name from Minerva because it was built on an ancient temple dedicated to the Roman goddess of wisdom, arts and techniques of war, protector of Rome and Patron Saint of craftsmen. No, years later, together the Church appeared the Obelisk which is today located in the plaza on an elephant and could know that the temple was dedicated to Isis, the Egyptian goddess that represents the mother, the Queen and the goddess of all the goddesses. Two conclaves were held in this church and several Popes were buried in the same. The Dominican painter Fra Angelico and the Catalina mystique of Siena is also buried. Being the Church an artistic whole stands out the "Christ the Redeemer" work of Miguel Ángel located to the left of the main altar and the frescoes by Filippino Lippi. This church is steeped in history and art treasures. A previously documented visit will be rewarding and give sense to much of what you see. The visit is free and therefore inexcusable.
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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