The Basilica of Saint Mary Above Minerva is a titular minor basilica and one of the most important churches of the Roman Catholic Dominican order in Rome, Italy. The church, located in the Piazza della Minerva in the Campus Martius region, is considered the only Gothic church in Rome. It houses the tombs of the St. Catherine of Siena and the Dominican painter Fra Angelico (Blessed John of Fiesole). The father of modern astronomy Galileo Galilei, after being tried for heresy in the adjoining monastery, abjured his scientific theses in the church on the 22nd of June 1633.
The basilica gets its name because, like many early Christian basilicas, it was built directly over (sopra) the foundations of a temple dedicated to the Egyptian goddess Isis, but erroneously assimilated to Minerva. Behind a self-effacing facade, its arched vaulting is painted with brilliant red ribbing, and blue with gilded stars, a 19th century restoration in the Gothic taste. The basilica is located on the small piazza Minerva close to the Pantheon, in the rione Pigna.
The present Cardinal Priest of the Titulus Sanctae Mariae supra Minervam has been Cormac Murphy-O'Connor since 2001.
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kordinator (20461) 2012-01-21 0:57
An interesting article follows your wonderful work.
This image is enough to observe.
No words can describe her beauty.
Going into my favorites, this moment.
snunney (96767) 2012-01-21 2:22
A superb capture of this magnificent interior. The exposure is perfectly controlled and the lighting quite delightful. Superb long perspective and excellent rendering of the detail. Splendid architectural photography.
bayno (18344) 2012-01-21 3:23
Ciao Silvio, ne ho una anch'io con lo stesso identico POV...ma tu l'hai già vista in altro luogo...la chiesa secondo me è una tra le più belle di Roma, le linee verticali cadono giù belle dritte, ottimo scatto, un salutone, Valter
Yiannis84 (2824) 2012-01-21 5:06
Great shot!! DOF & perspective make these picture attractive..well seen and well composed with superb light management..well done
Best regards my friend
npecanhuk (74494) 2012-01-21 5:26
Very beautiful picture!
Special regards to the chosen pov, symmetrical composition, colors, management of light and vertical format!
TFS - congrats,
dkmurphys (57073) 2012-01-21 6:04
Impressive place and a great capture with the reflected lights. Perfect shot, enjoy the weekend.
golus (2893) 2012-01-21 6:32
You handled very well the hardship regarding the interior lighting conditions. Great POV, great sense of depth and reflections of the light on the floor are superb. Thanks and best wishes,
Sergiom (76415) 2012-01-21 6:37
Une impression de grandeur , de hauteur et de profondeur créé par le cadrage vertical qui jouit d'une très belle luminosité.
lakshmip1949 (19081) 2012-01-21 6:40
An interior is captured very well with perfect lighting. Well balanced image with great details, colors, sharpness and depth.
kennyblack (4207) 2012-01-21 8:00
Ciao Silvio, splendido interno gestito perfettamente con luci, nitidezza e colorazione.
Un saluto ed augurio di buon weekend a Voi due ... M & D
Sonata11 (33753) 2012-01-21 9:00
Awesome !!! what a fantastic capture of this beautiful interior of basilica and fantastic POV. Wonderful colors, amazing sharpness, contast, exposure of this picture. Perfectly well done. I like this photo. Thanks for sharing.This picture is a very elegant to show us marvelous architecture and its beauty.
All the best and have a nice WE,
Fis2 (95543) 2012-01-21 10:45
Excellent frame and composition.
I like light and colours.
Very well done my friend.
sacimar (26205) 2012-01-21 10:45
good image of this famous church of Rome, the perspective you chose is well chosen, the light management is also good, nice job,
tyro (24068) 2012-01-21 12:56
A very interesting note and a fine picture with which to illustrate it!
A beautiful photograph of a beautiful church, made all the better by the wonderful reflections of lights in the lovely marble floor.
A perfect symmetrical composition with fabulous colours and detail, perfectly exposed and wonderfully sharp.
vasilpro (41271) 2012-01-21 13:02
Wonderful interior composition from that beautiful church, interesting architecture, lovely light and colors, excellent POV, very nice framework, TfS!
Have a nice Sunday, Vasilis.
siamesa (28117) 2012-01-21 13:52
Boa noite Silvio
Excellent perspective. Very beautiful interior of this church and a perfect capture of it.
jjcordier (79297) 2012-01-21 23:06
Une bonne photo verticale de l'intérieur de cette belle et lumineuse basilique romaine richement décorée.
Graal (102482) 2012-01-21 23:29
great interior of basilica. I like the composition (fine symmetry),colours, reflections and details of architecture. Good presentation. I like it a lot.
Have a nice day.
delpeoples (57266) 2012-01-22 3:38
Sei tornato alla nostra piccola chiesa di Roma, eh? Mammamia che bei ricordi io ho di quel giorno insieme. Vedo che la tua foto ha luce meglio della mia. I riflessi e grafismo sono stupendi. Potrei guardare la tua bella foto tuto il giorno, e' la mia chiesa favorite in tutto della Citta Eterna. Grazie per la condivisione e ti auguro una bella Domenica.
ruisc_pt (10892) 2012-01-22 9:11
Excellent POV Silvio. Very good light control.
Gigidusud (20771) 2012-01-22 11:39
Splendida basilica gestita perfettamente!
Schnappilic (9690) 2012-01-22 11:53
Impressive church, good POV, beautiful realization. Good exposure and perfect light management!
ikeharel (69285) 2012-01-23 0:29
The shiningn floor made a nice effect on the depth, indoor's light is fabulous and show well the high arc-ceiling.
Fine image, Ciao,
siudzi (34141) 2012-01-23 1:06
A remarkable shot of this awesome interior! Beautifully taken and presented in the vertical way. Bravo! Thanks for sharing!
ravinmb (1303) 2012-01-23 4:44
This is a beautiful shot.. I really like your POV and love the reflection of lights.. great compo..
Have a great day.
TopGeo (38216) 2012-01-23 4:53
An interesting note and a fine details with beautiful church, The Basilica of Saint Mary Above Minerva ! A beautiful photograph by the wonderful reflections of lights in the lovely marble floor! Excellent frame with perspective and perfect effect view symmetrical composition with fabulous colours and detail, perfectly exposed and wonderfully sharpness. Well done
DjoleE_ (0) 2012-01-23 6:22
Hi Silvio friend.
Nice work, good contrast.
Beautiful color tones, excellent sharpness that the emperor figure.
All the best.
eldancer1 (36343) 2012-01-23 9:12
Wow! This basilica is huge! Nicely captured with good lighting and good dof with nice details. I'm glad you included the person for sense of perspective. Hard to see but I like the mural in the ceiling. Very well done, tfs.
JFS (32459) 2013-01-21 8:40
fantastica cattura!!! bellissima perspettiva e una grande qualità di imagine.
Miguel82 (27670) 2014-09-23 13:28
Bravo Silvio, this is a remarkable pov, that basilica is so high and large, the wall paintings on the top are artworks