Santa Maria sopra Minerva
Santa Maria sopra Minerva
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Mairwen1
United Kingdom9,512 contributions
May 2022
Unexpectedly, this ancient Roman facade houses a 16th century church inside. It’s a curious and fascinating contrast.
From the piazza, you see the substantial remains of the Roman temple. Six towering Corinthian columns, dating back to the 1st century BC, dominate the facade and look like something straight out of the Roman Forum.
This was the Temple of Minerva, built in the years around 28-25 BC and dedicated to the pagan goddess of wisdom.
However this is just a shell. Step through the doors and you find yourself in a completely different space. Inside, is a highly decorated and ornate church. The Baroque ceiling and high altar are all frescoes and golden cherubs. In 1539, Pope Paul III visited Assisi and ordered that the Temple of Minerva be preserved and restored and that a church dedicated to Mary, be constructed within.
The church is not big so this is only a short visit. Most tourists will walk right past it because its on the way to the Basilica of St Francis. It is only a 10-15 minute walk to the basilica.
Entry is free.
Written 5 December 2022
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Prodipto B
Kolkata (Calcutta), India646 contributions
Nov 2022 • Friends
This church built on a Roman Temple is truly beautiful! The frescoes are gorgeous and the entire layout very inspiring.
Written 8 November 2022
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Oldjack
Greater Melbourne, Australia27,912 contributions
Aug 2022
The Church of Santa Maria sopra Minerva was built in 1539 but the outer shell of the ancient Roman temple with its six Corinthian columns dates back to the 1st Century BC,. Inside is interesting but not as elaborate as some churches
Written 11 September 2022
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PavlaPavla
Chrudim, Czech Republic6,560 contributions
Jul 2022
Temple of Minerva, was built in 30 BC. and was originally dedicated to Hercules. Six massive Corinthian columns in the front testify to its ancient origin. I was really impressed by these ancient columns. Among the medieval architecture, the facade of this temple looked strange, as if this building was from another world.

In the late Middle Ages, the Roman temple became the Christian church of Santa Maria sopra Minerva with a bell tower called "Torre del Popolo".

The interior is richly decorated, the ceiling is very nice. Free entry.
Written 1 August 2022
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bwf
njusa54 contributions
Jun 2022
Remarkable ancient facade with massive columns. Much later ornate interior. Accessible and a wonderful anchor for the Piazza.
Written 29 June 2022
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G.B.
871 contributions
Sept 2021
This structure was a temple , probably dedicated to Hercules, later converted to a church. The union between the two is harmonious and very enjoyable.
Written 7 October 2021
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francien2015
Rotterdam, The Netherlands1,080 contributions
Aug 2020
The former minerva temple in Assisisi was used to worship a heathen god. So what to do? Call it Mary above Minerva and you make two strikes in one hand. The temple is a church now. However there is no doubt it was a temple
Written 10 September 2020
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kgilbert78
Columbus, OH2,710 contributions
Jul 2019
It was interesting to see the juxtaposition between an ancient roman temple and the medieval church it was converted into. The entrance is mostly intact from roman times, and the interior is really pretty. Worth a quick stop on your way to St. Francis' church.
Written 30 June 2020
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Bear H
Williamsburg, VA1,306 contributions
Dec 2019
Outside isn't much to look at, but the interior of this ancient pagan temple is a beauty to behold. Worth the stop
Written 20 December 2019
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mosesloh
Singapore, Singapore178 contributions
Apr 2019
I walked past this building several times without knowing what it was, until I entered one fine morning to take a peek. The exterior was an ancient Roman style, whilst the interior was Baroque. Inside with just an altar and several rows of short pews. I later learnt that the church was built over the former Temple of Minerva (hence the name and different styles). Entrance to this church is free and photography is allowed, unlike most churches in Assisi.
Written 29 October 2019
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