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Basilica di Santa Maria sopra Minerva , Rome

Basilica di Santa Maria sopra Minerva  - Rome, Italy
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Basilica di Santa Maria sopra Minerva
Piazza della Minerva 42, Rome, Italy 00186Map
+39 06 679 3926
Neighborhood: Centro Storico
AOL Travel Editor’s Review

During the Middle Ages Rome was a chaotic mess and with not a lot of building happening. The one great exception, though, is this magnificent church, which takes its name from the temple of the pagan god over which it is built. Rome’s only gothic church, the Basilica di Santa Maria sopra Minerva offers a lot of gawking for art and architecture buffs. Be sure to peek at the starry-skied ceiling and the Michelangelo sculpture of Christ holding up the cross. There’s also a “Madonna and Child” painted by Renaissance master Fra Angelico. In front of the church is a Bernini-sculpted elephant holding up one of the city’s many obelisks.

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Basilica di Santa Maria sopra Minerva General Information
  • Type: Attractions & Landmarks, Religious
  • Nearest Train: Argentina
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