Santa Maria Sopra Minerva is Rome’s only Gothic church, but it’s a Michelangelo sculpture and a stunning interior—not its architectural design—that attracts travelers from across the globe.
Visitors will find colorful frescos inside the 13th-century church, as well as the tomb of Pope Pual IV and the famed Michelangelo sculpture, Christ Bearing the Cross. Travelers call Santa Maria Sopra Minerva the greatest place you’ve never heard of, thanks to its impressive basilica and a vast collection of artwork that's unmatched in its quiet and reflective setting.
Combine your visit to S. Maria Sopra Minerva with a skip-the-line ticket to the Pantheon on an informative guided tour.
The church is located at Piazza della Minerva in Rome, just north of Via di Pie di Marmo. It is accessible by bus via Pie Di Marmo station, and is located a three-minute walk from the Pantheon.
Santa Maria Sopra Minerva is open Monday through Friday from 7:30am to 7pm, and on Saturday from 7:30am to 12:30pm and from 3:30pm to 7pm. It is open Sunday from 8am to 12:30pm and 3:30pm to 7pm, with mass beginning at 6pm. Entrance to the church is free.