9 Most Memorable Churches of Rome You Should Visit
I like to visit churches. I am not religious but churches are like museums for me and a perfect representation of all forms of art. The churches of Rome are free museums with great artists like Raphael, Caravaggio, Michelangelo, Borromini, and Bernini. Now, let me get you in on a widely known secret: Rome is full of churches. You cannot turn one street corner and not find a church in Rome. It’s easy to get church-struck in Rome. Which churches of Rome to visit? Which churches are worth your time? I’ll give you my 9 most memorable churches of Rome and explain to you why you need to visit these.
Top 9 Most Memorable Churches in Rome you should visit
My 9 Favorite Churches in Rome
Here is the list of my 9 favorite churches in Rome. Continue reading below for a more detailed explanation about these places with interesting architecture and history or click the link to jump straight to the subject of your interest.
As you’ll probably want to climb the Capitol Hill, you might as well pop into this lovely church. The Santa Maria in Aracoeli, translated as the Maria with the altar in the air, dates back to the 6th century AD. Main attractions are the fresco by Pinturicchio, the main artist before the arrival of Raphael to Rome. Another top piece is the “Santo Bambino”, a Christ figure carved from wood from one of the olive trees from the garden of Gethsemane. Whenever anybody writes a letter to the Christmas child, it will be delivered to this little statue.
2. Il Gesù
I included Il Gesù because this is one of the rare Jesuit churches you’ll find. Il Gesù was built in the 16th century as an example of Baroque art. The facade of the building is an example of grandeur. If you have the chance, pop in and check out the columns with gold and lapis lazuli at the chapel of Sant’Ignazio.
Now, this is a real beauty for all history lovers alike. I did not fancy the church that much, it’s more what lies beneath it all. San Clemente Basilica is a real peek into the different layers of Rome’s history. At the top level, you’ll find a 12th-century church devoted to Saint Clemens who was banished and thrown in the water tied to an anchor. You’ll find depictions of this story throughout the church.
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