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Rome Churches



The peculiar exterior of Santa Maria sopra Minerva, Rome, Italy

This is the start of some outstanding church interiors, starting with Santa Maria sopra Minerva.

Built 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 wisdom.

The Pantheon was originally a temple dedicated to various gods but later became a church to the one god.

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Santa Maria sopra Minerva church's superb interior, Rome, Italy

Part of Santa Maria sopra Minerva's sumptuous interior, with the marble carving to the right by Bernini.


The brilliant ceiling of the Basilica of Ambrogio e Carlo, Rome, Italy

The spectacular Basilica of Ambrogio e Carlo church.



Santa Maria del Popolo marble skeleton, Rome, Italy

An astonishing marble skeleton by - yes, the inevitable Bernini - inside Santa Maria del Popolo church.


Moses, Basilica di San Pietro in Vincoli, Rome,  Italy

The famous statue of Moses by Michelangelo in Rome's Basilica di San Pietro in Vincoli.



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