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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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Skip-the-lines Pantheon and Santa Maria Sopra Minerva Guided Tour
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Like many of The incredible things to see in Rome you can't miss this as structurely it is amazing and very beautiful

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Like many of The incredible things to see in Rome you can't miss this as structurely it is amazing and very beautiful

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

There is so much to take in here, as even before stepping inside, as you are greeted with the Bernini elephant obelisk in the front. If you are interested in attending a mass here, by all means do so! If you are wanting to visit the church itself, however, it is best to see if there will be a mass... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Just a block away from The Pantheon, you will find this pretty square with Bernini’s statue Pulcino della Minerva, with an Egyptian obelisk and a playful elephant that will delight children and adults alike. The Egyptian obelisk is much older - it was found in the ruins of a temple of Isis that once stood nearby. What a shame that... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is definitely a place to take a peak in. The architecture and the paintings in here are incredible. It's only a few steps away from the Pantheon.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This church is great for getting photos of the amazing blue ceiling. It's definitely worth the visit as it is very unique.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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 4 weeks ago

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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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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 4 weeks ago 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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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago

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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