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Santa Maria Sopra Minerva

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Address: Piazza della Minerva 42, Rome, Italy
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+39 06 679 3926
08:00 - 12:30
16:00 - 19:00
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Not much known but you will be surprised - Do not miss

An old church that although central (behind the Pantheon) it is generally missed. However the church is beautiful, still having the medieval feel in it with Gothic arches and... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago
Pierre B
San Gwann, Malta
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

An old church that although central (behind the Pantheon) it is generally missed. However the church is beautiful, still having the medieval feel in it with Gothic arches and ceiling. And as a plus you can see the Christ holding the cross by Michelangelo and the tomb of Fra Angelico

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

located in the city and it has a strong local congregation. it is lovely and well worth a visit while in rome

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Santa Rosa, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Go to Santa Maria Sopra Minerva; it is one of the Dominican Order’s major churches in Rome, is almost directly behind the Pantheon, and is certainly worth a visit. It is Rome’s only Gothic church and, as such, exhibits tall pointed vaulting and typical-Gothic, ogival arches. The drama of Santa Maria Sopra Minerva begins with the statue of an elephant... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

It's worth visiting this Church for a number of reasons. It's right behind the Pantheon so right next to one of the headline tourist stops. It's open all day - many churches in Rome aren't. It's noted as Rome's 'only' Gothic church - so worth visiting to compare with, and get a break from, the rampant Baroque elsewhere. It gives... More 

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Columbus, Ohio
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

We were asked to go into this church sort of next to the Pantheon. It is very unassuming on the outside but don't let that deter you from entering. The inside is amazing. We went in late afternoon and the lights were not on in the main of the church. Be prepared to have some coin euros in your pockets.... More 

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South Saint Paul, Minnesota
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Not far from the Pantheon, is a small Church of St Minerva. I had not heard about it before I walked into it. It looked interesting, so I decided to take a stroll in. Several people were looking at the statue near the front, I asked someone what they were looking at... he said its a Michelangelo. I was blown... More 

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Missoula, Montana
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This church is worth a visit when you are in the Pantheon neighborhood. It has a Michaelangelo sculpture and art by Fra Lippi. I enjoyed visiting churches that, like this one, are not as crowded as the top-tier sights.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The church facade is unimpressive. However the interior of this space is incredibly beautiful. It dates back to the Gothic period and is the only Gothic church in Rome. its history goes back to the time of the romans. It has a beautiful art sculpture by Michaelangelo and magnificent frescos by Filippo Lippi. It has been altered and renovated through... More 

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Amiens, France
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Entering this one wasn't something really special, according to me and according to all other basilicas and monuments that are in the area.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

There's a sign for no phones yet everybody was taking pictures, just be quiet and no flash. Make sure to look at the ceiling of course!

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