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Santa Maria sopra Minerva

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Address: Piazza del Comune, 06081, Assisi, Italy

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Church and Roman temple all in one

From the outside it is still a Roman temple with its signature columns but inside is a lovely little church with wonderful paintings and frescos throughout. The stone in front of... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 23 November 2015
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Bucks County, PA
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 September 2016

Whilst the inside of the church is as one would expect, the building is actually a Roman temple from around 1500 years ago. That in itself is amazing, but if you go to the museum and walk under the streets you will be at the level of the Roman forum and see the original entrance and steps to the temple... More 

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Bath, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 May 2016

It's amazing to think this building has been standing here for well over 1500 years! Once the Temple to the Roman goddess Minerva and now a beautiful Church in the middle of Assisi. Well worth a visit for the peace and quiet!

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Thank Malcolm J
Perugia, Italy
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 March 2016

Assisi was established before Roman times but flourished during their dominion as evidenced by this lovely temple. To really appreciate its history you can enter a well -documented underground tunnel further down the street that goes to the San Francesco Basilica from the central piazza and enter the Roman piazza. You can see that the stairs leading up to the... More 

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Bucks County, PA
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 November 2015

From the outside it is still a Roman temple with its signature columns but inside is a lovely little church with wonderful paintings and frescos throughout. The stone in front of the altar, with drain holes for blood from Roman sacrifices was left in place

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Naples, Florida
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 November 2015

This is a wonderful example of a cathedral that has been transformed from a temple. It is located in the middle of the city so lots of activity nearby.

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Surfers Paradise, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 October 2015

Santa Maria sopra Minerva was another lovely old church that we visited a while back, another Roman Temple transformed into a catholic church, lovely alter and statues inside, lovely painted ceiling

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Hendersonville, North Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 August 2015

The outside of this church is certainly different than what you will find once inside. The exterior of what used to be the Temple of Minerva, is a Roman structure with several extremely large pillars that almost hide the entrance within. Once inside is a lovely church very brightly painted, mainly blue with beautiful frescoes on the walls and ceiling.... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 August 2015

When you look at the front you think of a old Roman Temple with the impressive pillars. Street singers out in front and restaurants on the piazza make an interesting setting. When inside you see an old cathedral built over older ruins. Different from others still pretty with unusual blue tint. In the back there is the organ.

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New York City, New York
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 August 2015

Walk through the centuries at this church built over the even older ruins of the temple of minerva..

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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 August 2015

The basilica has an impressive pillars at the entrance so you cant miss it..and inside is very beautiful with blue color background...very peaceful inside and worth the visit...and offer prayers..

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