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Cathedral around the corner from the Pantheon?

Cathedral around the corner from the Pantheon?

Oct 16th, 2007, 03:08 AM
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Cathedral around the corner from the Pantheon?

Can someone help me to recall the name of the cathedral around the corner from the Pantheon? It's the one with the that faces the square with the obelisk and elephant in the little plaza in front of it. Santa Maria something?????
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Oct 16th, 2007, 03:09 AM
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S. Maria sopra Minerva. It's not a cathedral, btw, it's a simple church.
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Oct 16th, 2007, 04:04 AM
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It is one of my favorites in Rome. Simple and lovely.
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Oct 16th, 2007, 04:16 AM
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Please correct me if I am wrong, but on the outside front to the right of the entrance (as you enter) are a number of plaques attached to the building. These are dated markers which identify high flood waters thru the centuries.

Kind of an interesting tidbit of the city's history.

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Oct 16th, 2007, 05:21 AM
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It is a basilica (notable church so designated by the Pope) and Roman HQ of the worldwide Dominican Order (OP). Open daily from 8 am to 7 pm.
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Oct 16th, 2007, 07:30 AM
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Another bit of trivia: there is no "cathedral" in Rome.

A cathedral is the principal church of a city or region, the seat of the bishop who presides over the area. The pope is the bishop of Rome and uses St. John in Lateran as his church for that purpose, but it too is called a basilica, though it serves as a cathedral, for some reason.
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Oct 16th, 2007, 07:56 AM
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We visited S. Maria sopra Minerva because it has Michelangelo's "Risen Christ" sculpture in it.
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Oct 16th, 2007, 08:10 AM
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Here are 74 photos from the Sacred Destinations website.

http://tinyurl.com/yuemyd

The photos show up on my computer about 3/4 of the way down the page, so just scroll down. You can click on them to enlarge.

The homepage of this website has tons of photos from around the world. Very beautiful viewing!

Happy travels!
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Oct 16th, 2007, 09:05 AM
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A cathedral can also be a basilica, as can a parish church, abbey church, conventual church, shrine church etc.
Basilica nowadays is a honorary title bestowed upon some notable churches by the Pope. Several new basilicas are created every year.
Basilica-cathedrals in Italy include St Mark's Venice, S Maria del Fiore Florence, Parma and Padua.
First basilica in the US was St Adalbert's Parish Church in Buffalo (1907) and the latest St Anthony's Cathedral in Beaumont, Texas (2006).
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Oct 16th, 2007, 09:37 AM
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I'm curious...What types of things make a church "notable" and, therefore, worthy of the title "basilica"? Do you mean architecturally, historically, or something else? Or is it all based on a pope's whim?
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Oct 16th, 2007, 03:56 PM
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Thanks, should have remembered Minerva! We're sending friends there to see the Michealangelo---by the way, does everyone touch the foot or is it just me? I've done so on every visit to this church!
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