is the start of some outstanding church interiors, starting
with Santa Maria sopra Minerva.
on the site of a Roman temple to Minerva, Santa Maria sopra
Minerva was built in 1280 in unusually gothic style; the interior
is lavish and contains a spectacular ceiling, frescos, carved
marble tombs of a couple of Medici popes among others, a Risen
Christ statue by Michelangelo and varied works by Bernini, Italy's
second favourite sculptor after the big Mike.
The elephant carrying an Egyptian obelisk outside the church
is by Bernini, supposedly extolling the virtue of strength supporting
The Pantheon was originally a temple dedicated to various gods but later became a church to the one god.
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of Santa Maria sopra Minerva's sumptuous interior, with the
marble carving to the right by Bernini.
spectacular Basilica of Ambrogio e Carlo church.
astonishing marble skeleton by - yes, the inevitable Bernini
- inside Santa Maria del Popolo church.
famous statue of Moses by Michelangelo in Rome's Basilica di San
Pietro in Vincoli.
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