Basilica di Santa Maria sopra Minerva

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42 Piazza della Minerva, Rome, Italy
06 679 3926

Basilica di Santa Maria sopra Minerva Rome Reviews

Vipin Vipin
691 reviews
Distinguished art, great history Oct 18, 2010
The Basilica of Saint Mary Above Minerva is a minor basilica and one of the most important churches in the Dominican order. The basilica is named after the Roman goddess Minerva as it was built on top of a ancient temple. However, this temple was actually dedicated to the Egyptian goddess Isis. In the seventeenth century, Galileo was tried for heresy in the monastery next door, and he subsequently renounced his theses within this church.

The church has a very impressive history already, and this is equally matched by the quality of the artwork. The interior is pretty special; I loved the combination of the vivid blue and rich gold colours on top of the ceiling. At one side of the main altar, the statue of Christ was carved by none other than Michelangelo himself. The church also houses the tomb of the sixteenth century Pope Urban VII, whose papacy only lasted approximately two weeks.

This is a really nice church to visit and though my journey was pretty quick in there, I’m really pleased I visited it and would recommend it to art and church lovers.
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