Friday, October 16, 2009

Michelangelo's Christ in Santa Maria Sopra Minerva

This is the only gothic church in Rome, but from the outside it presents a simple unremarkable white facade with a single rose window. In front is Bernini's obelisk placed over an elephant, and within view is the side and back of the Pantheon. St. Catherine di Siena is buried under the main altar. There is a tomb by Bernini in a chapel to the left of the main altar. The rose windows and pointed arches are a sharp contrast to the dominant baroque style one more often sees in Roman churches. The impression is sublime, feminine, warm and welcoming.

Michelangelo's Christ Victorious is here to the left of the altar.

So worth the visit, although it's not even in the top ten churches in Rome. So much to see!

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