Chiesa di Santa Maria del Popolo

Chiesa di Santa Maria del Popolo

Chiesa di Santa Maria del Popolo
4.5
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This Renaissance church contains Baroque additions along with various 18th- and 19th-century monuments, which add to the beauty of this structure.
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The area
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Neighbourhood: Centro
How to get there
  • Flaminio - Piazza del Popolo • 2 min walk
  • Spagna • 10 min walk
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Malgorzata
12,086 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2019
The Basilica of Santa Maria del Popolo is a place not to be missed due to its location on the magnificent Piazza del Popolo and also due of the huge works of art of high value that are present there. The church comes from a small chapel from the 11th century, built at the expense of the Roman people, from which the name comes. Then it was completely rebuilt in the 15th century . In the mid-seventeenth century, Gianlorenzo Bernini gave it a distinct Baroque impression. The interior has the shape of a basilica with three naves, a transept and a semicircular apse, with four side chapels on each side and two important chapels on the left side of the main altar. Inside the church you can find a lot of works of art, primarily at the Cerasi Chapel the works of two fundamental painters of contemporary artistic history, Annibale Caracci with the painting of the altar of the "Assumption of the Virgin", and on the sides two wonderful paintings of Caravaggio, "Crucifixion of Saint Peter" and "Conversion of Saint Paul ". It is such a beautiful church. Definitely worth a visit.
Written 7 March 2020
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Deirdre_dines
Dublin, Ireland1,006 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2021 • Couples
Basilica di Santa Maria del popolo

This is a wonderful church worth seeking out ( featured in the tv programme Rome unpacked ) - there’s lots of wonderful art but you need to know where to look.

Bernini Raphael and Caravaggio are all represented here- check your guide book ahead of arrival to know where to look and where to turn on the lights needed to see certain pieces. ( bring coins!)

Note :,the church is beside the da Vinci museum.
Written 9 January 2022
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Paul S
San Diego, California506 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2021
There are five chapels along each side of the nave, and two chapels on each side of the altar. The highlights for me were the Lady of the People at the main altar and the Cerasi Chapel. The Cerasi Chapel is just left of the main altar and is decorated with the Assumption of the Virgin and two Caravaggio masterpieces, Crucifixion of Saint Peter and the Conversion of Saint Paul. The realism and colors are amazing.
The church is a 20-minute walk from Piazza Navona or 30-minute walk from Saint Peter’s Basilica.
Written 2 September 2021
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Steveage
Rexburg, ID3,151 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2019
The site of this current church, which was built between 1472-1477, was the exact site where emperor Nero was buried. Early in the 11th century a pope had Nero’s body exhumed and burned the remains. This basilica is a who’s who of amazing artists’ works – right in here – for free! Bernini, Caravaggio, Raphael, Pinturicchio… enjoy!
Written 1 April 2020
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gringottsgoblin
dublin561 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023 • Couples
The setting of this church in the Piazza del Populo is wonderful. It’s a beautiful space and the church tucks neatly into a corner. The outside belies that stunning interior studded with artworks of some of the most famous artists and If that had been it I would have walked away happy. But by happenstance I went in on a Sunday at 11 and there was mass being celebrated which I decided to attend. OMG what a brilliant decision. Most people skulk out when mass is on but as a Catholic I don’t feel I need to. What I did not know and suddenly became acutely aware of was that an amazing organist was playing accompanied by a highly gifted mezzo-soprano. The singing and music were simply sublime and actually moved me so much it brought tears to my eyes, the sound being so beautiful. Truly astonishing experience that happened by chance. What luck. What a memory
Written 11 April 2023
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Peter C
Island of Malta, Malta2,919 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022
The Basilica of Santa Maria del Popolo is located in Piazza del Popolo from where it takes its name. The church houses numerous works of art including the two masterpieces by Caravaggio in the Cerasi Chapel and Bernini marble sculptues in the Chigi Chapel, amongst many others. Truly magnificent!
Written 9 August 2022
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clh333
Norwich, UK169 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Family
We were really keen to visit and went twice, assuming we’d missed the opening hours the first time. The helpful staff in the Leonardo museum next door told us it was closed for renovations until November. There was no sign up and this wasn’t shown on any websites I used to check opening. Posting this so others don’t have a wasted trip
Written 10 April 2024
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Sarah L
London, UK3,319 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Family
Even entering this church in the middle of the day you can get eerie vibes. It is beautiful though and centrally located in Piazza del Popolo. Made famous especially by Angels and Demons as the 'Earth' church and containing works of famous artists, including Bernini.
Written 31 August 2023
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Mairwen1
United Kingdom11,027 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Couples
Surprisingly there are 3 churches all called Santa Maria in Piazza del Popolo. Confusion is inevitable. Even a few of the photos attached to reviews below show the wrong church.
The easiest way to spot it is to stand in the middle of the piazza, walk towards the large gateway, and the white facade of the church will be on your right.
The other difficulty in visiting this church is that it’s closed for a big chunk of time in the middle of the day. On weekdays, it closes between 12 - 4pm (weekends are a little different).
I should’ve checked before visiting but didn’t. As a result I missed out which is really disappointing because everything you want to see here is on the inside.
The facade is rather plain. Certainly its not exceptional. However inside are paintings by Raphael and Carravaggio and works by the Baroque genius, Bernini, who was so in demand that he received commissions from 8 different popes.
Note: The website says that it’s currently temporarily closed to all visitors and is undergoing restoration work. It will re-open November 2024. Perhaps the hours may change after this date but its definitely worth checking before visiting.
Written 14 May 2024
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bellevue1
Lynnwood, WA975 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
The church was the highlight of our trip. Interesting interior. Lots of skull sculptures and beautiful paintaings . We saw the Chigi chapel mentioned in Dan Brown's Angels & Demon. To see the chapel better, we needed to put some coins in the donation box to switch on the light.
Metro A: Flaminio stop
Written 27 February 2006
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