Basilica di Santa Maria sopra Minerva
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- Basilica di Santa Maria sopra MinervaFirst to ReviewOct 16, 2013
The Basilica of Saint Mary above Minerva is a minor basilica and one of the most important churches of the Roman Catholic Dominican order in Rome. Behind a plain facade, its arched vaulting is painted with brilliant red ribbing, and blue with gilded stars, a 19th century restoration in the Gothic taste. The basilica is located on the small piazza Minerva close to the Pantheon. In front of the church there is one of the most curious monuments of Rome, the so-called Pulcino della Minerva, a famous Bernini elephant sculpture, a base supporting one of the eleven Egyptian obelisks in Rome.Recommended for:
- Basilica di Santa Maria sopra MinervaMember ofLocal CultureFoodiesHistory Buffs+ 1Aug 15, 2013
Santa Maria Sopra Minerva a Michelangelo statue of Christ holding the cross. You can go right up to the Michelangelo statue and touch it, unlike the Pietà in St. Peter’s which is behind bullet proof glass. Outside the church is a Bernini statue, a small elephant with a small obelisk on its back.Recommended for:
- Basilica di Santa Maria sopra MinervaCommunity ManagerMember ofLocal CultureFoodiesBackpackers+ 4Aug 10, 2013
As Rome's only Gothic cathedral, the feel of the interior of the Basilica di Santa Maria sopra Minerva is quite different from the other churches in Rome. I particularly loved the blue ceiling. Artistic must-sees include Michelangelo's Christ Bearing the Cross at the left side of the nave's end, as well as Bernini's Elefantino sculpture outside.Recommended for: