"Santa Maria Sopra Minerva" Santa Maria Sopra Minerva Tip by Tijavi
Santa Maria Sopra Minerva, Rome: 29 reviews and 62 photos
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.
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