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The Parish Basilica of Santa Maria del Popolo (Italian: Basilica Parrocchiale Santa Maria del Popolo) is a titular church and a minor basilica in Rome run by the Augustinian order. It stands on the north side of Piazza del Popolo, one of the most famous squares in the city. The church is hemmed in between the Pincian Hill and Porta del Popolo, one of the gates in the Aurelian Wall as well as the starting point of Via Flaminia, the most important route from the north. Its location made the basilica the first church for the majority of travellers entering the city. The church contains works by several famous artists, such as Raphael, Gian Lorenzo Bernini, Caravaggio, Alessandro Algardi, Pinturicchio, Andrea Bregno, Guillaume de Marcillat and Donato Bramante.
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Such an amazing structure! I went to see the Caravaggios at the back/altar end (left side) of the church. I was not disappointed. I would recommend going during the day. Also, the church is currently under restoration, but it did not impact my visit that significantly.
Stunning. One of my fave sights in Rome. Felt overcome with emotion, almost crying. Strangely a friend said the same thing happened to her as well but we didn't realise initially it was the same church. Powerful!
Amazing. Was being remodeled at the time. But we'll worth going.
The main attraction for this church are the two Caravaggio paintings. Unfortunately they are situated on side walls in one of the chapels, which makes it hard to see them. In order to actually see the paintings you will have to put some money into a machine to make the lights come on. At Christmas time they have a separate exhibit showing 100 manger scenes contributed by people from all over the world. It costs €8.50 per person to see this exhibit - it's not worth the money.
Amazing interior. Make sure to put a coin to light up the altars. Second altar on the left is a must started by Rafael and finished by Bernini.
So beautiful, amazing art and painting! The place is huge so be prepared to walk a lot and spend a lot of time. All worth it.
We walked in just as Sunday Mass was finishing. The interior of this church is really quite stunning. So much more than I ever knew. The Basilica of Santa Maria del Popolo, which, in addition to lending its name to the square where it is placed, houses many priceless artworks by Caravaggio, Raphael, Annibale Caracci, Bramante, Bernini, Pinturicchio and other great artists who have contributed to make this church unique. The well-known foundation legend of Santa Maria del Popolo revolves around the evil memory of Emperor Nero and Pope Paschal II cleansing the area from this malicious legacy. As the story goes, after his suicide Nero was buried in the mausoleum of his paternal family, the Domitii Ahenobarbi, at the foot of the Pincian Hill. The sepulchre was later buried under a landslide and on its ruins grew a huge walnut tree that ″was so tall and sublime that no other plant exceeded it in any ways.″ The tree soon became the haunt for a multitude of vicious demons harassing the inhabitants of the area and also the travelers arriving in the city from the north through Porta Flaminia: ″some were being frightened, possessed, cruelly beaten and injured, others almost strangled, or miserably killed.″ Pretty strong stuff. There is really too much to cover in a brief review so my advice is to go and see this remarkable building when you are in Rome.