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“Bones, skulls and some paintings too”

Chiesa di Santa Maria del Popolo
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Owner description: This Renaissance church contains Baroque additions along with various 18th- and 19th-century monuments, which add to the beauty of this structure.
Reviewed 7 December 2013

This is a 'must see' in Rome and every guidebook will point you there. Lots and lots to see - every chapel has something worthy of note and - unlike some churches where there's a smash and grab to see the one famous painting and leave - I found that I lingered a good while here enjoying the chapels one at a time.

Over and above the art, do spend some time appreciating the bones, skulls and generally direct reminders of mortality.

Effigies in the floor have 3D brass bones and skulls; grim reaper mosaics; a caged skeleton in the wall to the left as you enter... This really is the most boned/skulled/skeletonised church I've come across. This iconography of mortality finds a counterpoint in the many butterflies and moths to be seen in the art - a different reminder of the fleeting transience of life...

Just as well, then, that after a visit you return to the explosive hubbub of Piazza del Popolo to be firmly amongst the living!

Thank ianjindal
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Reviewed 28 November 2013

Very large and airy piazza, housing many mobile attractions. Gateway to the shopping area beyond towards the Spanish Steps. Get off the Metro at Floriana.

Thank Ian V
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Reviewed 27 November 2013

This lovely Basilica was built at the site of an 11th century chapel, with a legend that says the sight was once haunted by the ghost of Nero. Built in 1477, the church contains many noteworthy works of art, including Rome's oldest stained-glass windows, two famous paintings by Caravaggio, and one Chapel dome by Raphael. The Caravaggio paintings are lighted, but you have to deposit coins to activate the light, but that is no big deal. Raphael's dome has mosaic decorated panels between gold painted stuccos. It is obviously inspired by the Sistine Chapel, which was painted about 5 years earlier. Photographs are not allowed, but there are plenty on the internet which you can add to your collection.

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Reviewed 25 November 2013

rome is a musem itself! this churches made your trip, dont needa be a catholic to enjoy them! wont regret if u go! they are beatiful!

Thank john7615
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Reviewed 13 November 2013

The basilica is beautiful. Entering there you can enjoy both calmness, light, space and fine arts...

Thank NickSimper
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