A feast for the eyes just a few steps from the Pantheon, Santa Maria Sopra Minerva features notable stained glass windows and Michelangelo’s famed statue of Christ the Redeemer. Completed in 1370, this is the city’s only surviving example of original Gothic church building. Behind a restrained Renaissance facade, the interior features arched vaulting, painted blue with gilded stars and trimmed with brilliant red ribbing in a 19th-century Neo-Gothic restoration. The site is a resting place of several popes from the Medici line, and includes the tomb of Fra Angelico, a renowned Renaissance painter. In front of the church, you can see one of the most curious monuments in the city, a statue by sculptor Gianlorenzo Bernini of an elephant supporting an Egyptian obelisk. This is the shortest of the 11 obelisks still in existence in Rome. Put Santa Maria Sopra Minerva into our Rome road trip planning website to see other points of interest to visit during your vacation in Rome.
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Hidden behind an austere façade on the Piazza della Minerva, is a breathtaking church with a glorious blue vault ceiling. Small in size, Santa Maria Sopra Minerva packs a large punch. Prolific letter.... more »
Only true Gothic cathedral in Rome, and the blue ceilings are amazing. It's very close to the Pantheon and well worth a visit. You would have no idea what is inside from the outside, as the exterior..... more »
One of the best hidden gems of Rome. This church with is 16 chapels hides a masterpiece from Michelangelo. With a discreet entrance show all the passion of a true Catholic Church. My favorite in Rome, slamming distance from Pantheon.
Gorgeous frescos and a Bernini statue. Step in with knees and shoulders covered only. Worth stopping by on your way to other places, as it's right in the middle of Rome.
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