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"Basilica di Santa Maria degli Angeli - Exterior" Basilica Santa Maria degli Angeli e dei Martiri Tip by Willettsworld


This fine basilica was built among the ruins of the baths of Diocletian. In 1561, Antonio del Duca obtained from Pope Pius IV a consecration of the grounds to the angels. Michelangelo was given the task of designing this church dedicated to the many thousands of Christian martyrs who built the baths.

The exterior is unique for a church, as the outer walls of the Baths of Diocletian are partially preserved. The 16th century façade was demolished in the 20th century to expose these walls. If you walk over to Via Parigi, you can look down into the remains of the Certosa, the monastery where you can see cells used by Carthusian hermits when Santa Maria degli Angeli was part of their chapterhouse. The Museo Nazionale delle Terme, an excellent archaeological musuem, is located in another part of the baths.

Address: Piazza della Repubblica
Directions: Metro Repubblica- Teatro Opera
Phone: +39 06 488 0812

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  • Written Jul 27, 2005
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