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“Not one of our favorites but an interesting range of things to see here”

Basilica di Santa Maria degli Angeli e dei Martiri
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Panoramic Tour of Roma with Vespa and Lunch
Ranked #32 of 1,486 things to do in Rome
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Owner description: Spectacular church full of breathtaking statues and paintings. Located near the Termini station in Rome, this church is guaranteed to leave you gasping in admiration.
Hong Kong, China
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“Not one of our favorites but an interesting range of things to see here”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 March 2012

To be honest, we've never taken that well to Santa Maria degli Angeli during our visits to Rome, finding it interesting but not one of our favorites in the city to visit. However, there are interesting things to see here that can make it a rewarding visit.

What we do like at Santa Maria degli Angeli is the interesting entrance, that appears like you are walking into some ruins, not a large attractive church. Also the creative bronze door is worth a minute to two to inspect. There is a Meridian line and some nice sculptures inside as well. The three main chapel areas are nice to look at but not as impressive as others you will see in Rome, still they are nice. Lastly, there is decent history associated with this church, involving the beloved Michelangelo. These are some of the nice finds to be had at Santa Maria degli Angeli. Unfortunately, none are 'Wow' factors for us, like what can be found in so many of Rome's churches.

In addition to visiting Santa Maria degli Angeli, there are other very impressive churches you can visit in this area of Rome. These include the excellent Santa Maria della Vittoria one block away on XX Settembre street, the very good Santa Maria Maggiore and nearby Santa Prassede, a hidden gem in Rome, both located back off Piazza Repubblica off Via Torino street. There is also the National Museum Romano - Massimo nearby

Overall, Santa Maria degli Angeli is interesting enough to grab your attention due to the variety of things to see here. However, of us it just doesn't have jaw-dropping inclusions that make other churches in Rome so very special. In this area of this church, you can find two in particular that give us that feeling. These are the Santa Maria della Vittoria and the Santa Prassede churches.

Anywhere else, and this one would be a 'Must See' attraction. In Rome, it must compete with some of the very best attractions and churches in the world, making it difficult to fit this one in your schedule if you are short on time in the city. However, if you have extra days in Rome, a visit to the Santa Maria degli Angeli could be much enjoyed, especially if you plan to visit the three other very good/excellent churches in this area of Rome.

Visited February 2012
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“Refreshing and curious”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 March 2012

This is the one church I felt I could breath in in Rome -- uplifting architecture (much of it notable Michelangelo) -- beautiful Gregorian chants softly playing, not dark, dank and heavy like the others; not laden with crucifixes and crucifix and Virgin paintings, etc. Church was a sanctuary. However, now that the Pope excused Galileo in 1992 (450 years after trying to kill him for his scientific discoveries and inquiry), they have decided that he was a personal hero of theirs -- a "Divine Man" of the Catholic Church and all of his findings were driven by and in line with its doctrine. Pretty offensively written, melding his story with the doctrine of the Church.

Visited March 2012
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“Wonderful sculputures”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 March 2012

This church is amazing and the sculputures are breathtaking.

Visited December 2011
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 February 2012

Santa Maria Wow!!!! The history behind this Church is Amazing , Like all the Churches in Rome Lots of History, Beautiful!!!!! or in Italy Balissssiiiimmmmoooo !!!!

Visited February 2012
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“Breathtaking, a pandora box...”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 February 2012

This church has a very small entrance, located in front of the Piazza della Repubblica. It looks like an old building from the outside, however you will be taken by surprise on the size of the place and its high ceiling. This is an easy to miss sight, do not pass by, Go inside, it's amazing!! Beautiful art and architecture, very worth a visit.

Visited February 2012
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