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“Bernini - what is not to like?”

Santa Maria della Vittoria
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Rome: Angels and Demons Tour Half-Day Semi-Private
Ranked #43 of 1,503 things to do in Rome
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Austin, Texas
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“Bernini - what is not to like?”
Reviewed 18 September 2012

20 years ago I study with a teacher who taught her love of fine art and Bernini's ST. Teresa is one I have been waiting a long time to experience. I was spell bounded for sure. It would be perfect to view this work if the sun is high and shining and then the sun will shine throughout the glass. This statute will then sparkle with the bronze gilded rays in back of it. Still it was very moving and beautiful to view.

Visited September 2012
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“L'Estasi di Santa Teresa”
Reviewed 15 September 2012

We would travel to Rome just to see Bernini's masterpiece, L'Estasi di Santa Teresa! We found it hard to leave the church, and just kept taking photos to try to get that perfect picture. There's a little coin machine that lights up the statue, and visitors just kept plinking in coins to keep it lit. L'Estasi di Santa Teresa is Bernini's greatest work and the reason to visit Santa Maria della Vittoria.
We highly recommend that you watch Simon Schama's video series Power of Art (his second episode was on Bernini) to help understand this work and all of Bernini's oeuvre.
The church staff is very helpful. There is a little shop in the back with postcards and books that are very reasonably priced--which is rare in Rome.

Visited September 2012
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Naples, Florida
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“St. Teresa in Ecstasy”
Reviewed 6 September 2012

I went in solely to see Bernini's masterpiece, St. Teresa in Ecstasy. The afternoon is the best time to view the masterpiece with the light entering the church. I was pleased to get a history lesson when I went to the right of the altar to buy postcards. The priest at the desk explained the four paintings hanging in the back room along with the other artifacts from the 30 year war. It was a bonus to my visit.

Visited August 2012
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“Read Angels and Demons first”
Reviewed 4 September 2012

This is part of the Angels and Demons tour. If you've read the book you will love this. If you're not an Illuminatus then just read about St Teresa first. Bernini's statue is great. Can you imagine this in a Catholic church? Her "ecstacy" got this statue kicked out of the vatican. The rest of the church is fascinating too. Incredibly ornate even for Rome. The have medaevil weapons flanking the pulpit from a victory in the 30 Years War, the vittoria (victory), for which the church is named. If youre not into churches and dont look into the background, its just another church.

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Visited September 2012
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“Beautiful Church”
Reviewed 3 September 2012

There are so many ornate churches in Rome and this is one of them well worth finding. Check bus and metro route online before you go as if you ask the locals you may get confused!!

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