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[Rome] Gothic Church Santa Maria Sopra Minerva


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Santa Maria Sopra Minerva is one of the major churches of the Roman Catholic Dominicans. I'd wanted to go to this church because it is described to have a Gothic architectural style, and houses Michelangelo's famous Christ the Redeemer.

We took some shots with the streets while walking to our destination.






There are many important memorials in this church, but some parts of it was blocked off, and there was mass. Given my luck, Christ the Redeemer is probably somewhere behind the barricades.


There are small memorials even in obscure corners.

Altar of the Sacred Heart. Jesus' heart is glowing in the picture! Apparently it's supposed to look really surreal and radiant when it catches the evening light. But the lighting I had to work with was just crap.

A confession box. I've never seen one before or know what it is, but Ivy tells me that it is meant to give the person confessing absolute privacy. He kneels on the cushion and pours his heart out, and the person inside the box (I assume the Father) will never know or see what he looks like.

I love the gorgeous stained glass windows. It is only possible to capture clear images when I zoom in my lens specifically on it. Otherwise, the light that comes through the windows casts nasty light flares everywhere.


The main altar.

We were taking photos of the altar in the middle of mass when an elderly couple came up to us and chastised us for taking pictures. (or at least that's what we think they said). Eep. We apologise and quickly leave the church.

On the way out, I manage to snap one decent picture of one monument of Virginia Pucci Ridolfi.

Back then, I didn't know the concepts of monuments / memorials to dead people in churches. Silly me thought all of them were sculptures for aesthetic purposes, and I wondered why many of them looked kind of sad lol


The saying "Never judge a book by its cover" cannot be more apt for the Santa Maria Sopra Minerva, or churches in Italy in general. The exterior of Santa Maria Sopra Minerva is an incredibly plain and unassuming white rectangular block. Many churches in Italy have a plain facade despite the treasures held inside, but this one really takes the cake.

The sculpture in front of it is Elephant and Obelisk, designed by Bernini.


Entrance to the church

There was a man begging at the entrance :/

I find it interesting that the entrance and exits for churches in Italy are always at the side, instead of centred in front.

The Pantheon which is next up on our itinerary is just nearby (that round brown building).

Posted by kurodatenshi 09:19 Archived in Italy Tagged churches sculptures landmarks italy roma rome marble

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