"Santa Maria in Aracoeli" Basilica Santa Maria in Aracoeli Tip by Julius_Caesar

Basilica Santa Maria in Aracoeli, Rome: 20 reviews and 41 photos


This church dates from the 6th century A.D., and it stands on the northern summit of the Capitoline, on the site of the ancient temple of Juno. The church of the Roman senators and people, Santa Maria in Aracoeli has been used to celebrate many triumphs over adversity. Its ceiling commemorates the Battle of Lepanto (1571), and was built under Pope Gregory XIII Boncompagni, whose family crest, the dragon, can be seen towards the altar end. Look out for Pinturicchio?s magnificent frescoes in the first chapel on the right. Beautiful frescoes are also on the walls of the central nave, alternated with the windows.

Address: Piazza del Campidoglio
Directions: On the left of the Capitoline hill
Phone: +39 06 6976 3839
Website: http://www.vicariatusurbis.org

Review Helpfulness: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Written Feb 9, 2005
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