Rome: Favorite Churches

Old May 23rd, 2004, 11:58 AM
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Unfortunately, the Capuchin Crypt is closed for restorations with no reopening date posted.
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Has the Capuchin Crypt reopened?
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Old Nov 28th, 2005, 06:31 AM
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Yes, the Capuchin Crypt has reopened. I'm not sure of its hours, but it does close for a period during the afternoon.
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Old Nov 28th, 2005, 07:20 AM
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Thanks Grinisa
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thanks so much
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Bookchick:
Thank you for that website listing the churches by area. It will make it much easier to create a document to take with me so we can "drop in" when we are nearby.

Thanks also, of course, to everyone who's contributed to this thread!
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Old Dec 4th, 2005, 10:06 AM
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JeanneB - what site has the churches broken out by region?
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Old Dec 4th, 2005, 01:16 PM
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Cato: Look around seven or eight messages down the thread for Bookchick's message. She gives several Web sites; it must be one of those.
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this is a great thread. lots of great ideas for new places to visit in rome. wanted to add also: san paolo fuori le mura: even if it has been completely rebuilt, it is still amazing. we also loved the cloister outside with its mosaic-ed pillars and artifacts.

i agree about st. john lateran too--doing the whole circuit of the 4 basilicas is a great idea for a day in rome. we TRIED to make it to the other churches on the st. philip of neri circuit ( i think 7 churches in all?), but only made it to santa croce in gerusalemme--a nice church too. st. philip of neri used to walk this church circuit in one day, and the churches are quite far apart (one is even near the catacombs, i think).

i also liked Santa Sabina, on Aventine Hill. It is really gorgeous and a nice escape from the crowds.

hope to make it to st. clemente this time around! i'm headed back to rome on tuesday!
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Old Jul 29th, 2006, 09:32 AM
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Another trastevere church is St. Cecilia's - the patron saint of music. The church itself is ok, but the mosaics in the crypt below are fantastic. We were particularly pleased to find St. Agnes - we live about 10 minutes froma village of that name in Cornwall. GLad to see she gets around!
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just a quick note: we DID make it to san clemente this trip and really liked it. the layers upon layers of churches and temple made it really interesting. Anyone know of other churches like this? I had mentioned before visiting something SOMEWHAT similar in San Martino ai Monti, which has an excavated crypt area. Anyway, my husband is into spelunking (urban spelunking as well), and other churches like this would surely interest him.
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Other than St. Peter's and Santa Maria della Vittoria, which have mentioned a lot, my family really enjoyed these 2:

Santa Maria degli Angeli –
This was our tour guide's recommendationa. We had never heard about it. He explained that the Termini train station was named “Termini” because it was next to the “terme” or baths. From the outside, this church looks like an ancient building or part of a ruin, since it was where the ancient baths were. Michelangelo was actually commissioned to convert the interior into a church. It is just gorgeous!

Church of San Clemente --
We were sorry we didn’t have a guide, as everyone else seemed to have one. I consider this a must see. It was fascinating walking down through the 3 levels of history. All 4 of us loved the experience. We just read from our guidebook and got a lot out of it.
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dina--

that's interesting about Termini's name. I had never heard that before.
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Old Oct 12th, 2006, 05:12 AM
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San Pietro in Vincoli and Santa Maria sopra Minerva.
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Santa Cecelia in Trastevere. It's built of the site of Saint Cecelia's home.
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Dear Chat - Here's another vote for St. Cecilia. The inside is not great, but pay E3 to go down into the crypt, try to feel interested in the archeological works, and keep walking - you will eventually reach a beautiful little chapel, covered with mosaics - the best we saw.
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