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"Santa Maria Sopra Minerva" Basilica Santa Maria Sopra Minerva Tip by Tijavi

  A sculpture of Christ
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      A sculpture of Christ
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      The blue ceiling is spectacular
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  • Michelangelo's Risen Christ - Rome
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  • A rare gothic church in Rome - Rome
      A rare gothic church in Rome
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Boasting works by Michelangelo, Bernini and Filippino Lippi, this church is one of the few gothic-themed in Rome. It is the turf of the Dominicans famous (or infamous?) for their inquisitions and the trial of Galileo.

Even if you are not a big fan of the Dominicans (their infamy during the Spanish occupation in the Philippines makes for interesting read, to put it lightly), their Santa Maria sopra Minerva will awe you with their artistic collection including a sculpture of the Risen Christ by Michelangelo (picture 3), Filippino Lippi's frescoes, and the very interesting sculpture of an obelisk-carrying elephant by Bernini at the church's piazza (picture 4). On top of these, the church contains the tombs of popular Italian saints Santa Cecilia of Siena and Fra Angelico.

Directions: southeast of the Pantheon
Phone: +39 06 679 3926

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  • Updated Dec 12, 2009
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