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In Rome, I Stumbled on This Church Designed by Michelangelo – The Basilica de Maria Degli Angeli del Martiri

While I was on my way to the Trevi Fountain, I stumbled on the Basilica de Maria degli Angeli del Martiri, in front of Piazza della Repubblica. I went inside because i was intrigued by its huge and ugly exterior. But, if there’s one thing I learned from travelling, that would be: Don’t judge the building by its facade. 😉 Right? I only found out that this basilica was built by Michelangelo in 1562 when I overheard a tour guide telling his tourists about its history.

The Basilica de Maria Degli Angeli del Martiri  (Basilica of Santa Maria, Angels and Martyrs) (Rome, Italy).

The Basilica de Maria Degli Angeli del Martiri (Basilica of Santa Maria, Angels and Martyrs) (Rome, Italy).

Michelangelo Buonarroti. The basilica is built on top of the ancient Roman bath – the Bath of Diocletian. It was designed by one of great Italian masters, Michelangelo, who also designed the dome of St. Peter’s Basilica. He’s also known as a sculptor who did Pieta and David.

The Basilica de Maria Degli Angeli del Martiri  (Basilica of Santa Maria, Angels and Martyrs) (Rome, Italy).

The Basilica de Maria Degli Angeli del Martiri (Basilica of Santa Maria, Angels and Martyrs) (Rome, Italy).

The Interior of the Basilica. As soon you enter, The vaulted ceilings and dome would never fail to amaze you. I totally forgot the unlovely facade right away when I saw the shiny, marbled floor bathed in colourful designs. Looking at the handful of crowd and the grand designs, It knew that I was in a path that most tourists would never visit. It’s not even promoted as one of the tourist attractions in Rome. Even the Lonely Planet Guidebook I carried didn’t have an article about it.

The Basilica de Maria Degli Angeli del Martiri  (Basilica of Santa Maria, Angels and Martyrs) (Rome, Italy).

The Basilica de Maria Degli Angeli del Martiri (Basilica of Santa Maria, Angels and Martyrs) (Rome, Italy).

The Paintings. Aside from the impressive ceilings, dome and vestibules, stare at the religious paintings that seem to come alive due to their immense sizes. See the Crucifixion of Peter, The Immaculate, The Resurrection of Santa tibia, and The Story of Saint Jerome.

The Basilica de Maria Degli Angeli del Martiri  (Basilica of Santa Maria, Angels and Martyrs) (Rome, Italy).

The Basilica de Maria Degli Angeli del Martiri (Basilica of Santa Maria, Angels and Martyrs) (Rome, Italy).

Other Things to See Inside. The basilica also has smaller chapels which are well-inscripted. Walk the whole transept from one end to another end. Funeral monuments abound the basilica, too. Don’t miss the Organ Music Capella and the Presbytery.

The Basilica de Maria Degli Angeli del Martiri  (Basilica of Santa Maria, Angels and Martyrs) (Rome, Italy).

The Basilica de Maria Degli Angeli del Martiri (Basilica of Santa Maria, Angels and Martyrs) (Rome, Italy).

The Meridian. It’s on the floor on the transept of the basilica and it’s cordoned off. Find the hole where the sun shines and follow its light on the 45-m bronze line on the floor.

The Basilica de Maria Degli Angeli del Martiri  (Basilica of Santa Maria, Angels and Martyrs) (Rome, Italy).

The Basilica de Maria Degli Angeli del Martiri (Basilica of Santa Maria, Angels and Martyrs) (Rome, Italy).

The Basilica de Maria Degli Angeli del Martiri
(Basilica of Santa Maria, Angels and Martyrs)

The Basilica de Maria Degli Angeli del Martiri  (Basilica of Santa Maria, Angels and Martyrs) (Rome, Italy).

The Basilica de Maria Degli Angeli del Martiri (Basilica of Santa Maria, Angels and Martyrs) (Rome, Italy).

The Basilica de Maria Degli Angeli del Martiri  (Basilica of Santa Maria, Angels and Martyrs) (Rome, Italy).

The Basilica de Maria Degli Angeli del Martiri (Basilica of Santa Maria, Angels and Martyrs) (Rome, Italy).

The Basilica de Maria Degli Angeli del Martiri  (Basilica of Santa Maria, Angels and Martyrs) (Rome, Italy).

The Basilica de Maria Degli Angeli del Martiri (Basilica of Santa Maria, Angels and Martyrs) (Rome, Italy).

The Basilica of Santa Maria, Angels and Martyrs (Basilica de Maria Degli Angeli del Martiri) (Rome, Italy).

The Basilica of Santa Maria, Angels and Martyrs (Basilica de Maria Degli Angeli del Martiri) (Rome, Italy).

The Basilica of Santa Maria, Angels and Martyrs (Basilica de Maria Degli Angeli del Martiri) (Rome, Italy).

The Basilica of Santa Maria, Angels and Martyrs (Basilica de Maria Degli Angeli del Martiri) (Rome, Italy).

The Basilica of Santa Maria, Angels and Martyrs (Basilica de Maria Degli Angeli del Martiri) (Rome, Italy).

The Basilica of Santa Maria, Angels and Martyrs (Basilica de Maria Degli Angeli del Martiri) (Rome, Italy).

Where to Stay in Rome – Hostel in Rome

I highly recommend Hostel Alessandro Palace and Bar. You’d never go wrong staying here. It’s less than 10 minutes walk from the train station that goes anywhere in Italy. It’s also a walking distance to whichever tourist attraction you wanna go. Assuming, of course, you’re into discovering the city on foot. The staff are nice and speaks good English. There are grocery shops, cafes and restaurants around. You can book Hostel Alessandro Palace and Bar in Rome via HostelWorld and Booking.com.

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