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In one of the most beautiful countries in the world, Italy, architectural masterpieces are not a rarity at all. Check out the most beautiful churches in Italy!
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St. Peter’s Basilica

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Greatness, high cultural value and absolutely stunning architecture make this church one of the most sought-after destinations while in Rome.
  This magnificent building is the center of Christianity. The opulence of its interior testifies the richness of the Catholic Church in the sixteenth century. Emperor Constantine, the first Christian emperor of Rome, ordered the construction of St. Peter Basilica on the Vatican hill. The location was chosen symbolically, on the spot where St. Peter, one of the apostles, was buried in AD 64. A small shrine already existed on the site, but it was replaced with a church which would be com...

Santa Maria Maggiore Basilica

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One of the main attractions of Rome, this church attracts countless tourists anually due to its beauty, imposing structure and great value.
   Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore is an authentic jewel full of beauty of inestimable value. For about 16 centuries it dominates the city of Rome: Marian temple par excellence and the cradle of art, is a reference point for all people of the world, coming to enjoy what the eternal city offers through its monumental greatness. Church of Santa Maria Maggiore is one of the four main churches in Rome, built in 352 after Christ and dedicated to St. Mary. The shrine was built after...

Santa Maria in Trastevere

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  Trastevere, Rome's oldest neighborhood, is one of the most beautiful areas in the city, unforgettable both during day and night visits. Located on the other side of the river Tiber, the neighborhood is one of the most picturesque of Rome, with its narrow cobbled streets lined by medieval houses. With its  crooked and narrow streets, houses covered with ivy, tiny restaurants and noisy taverns, large piazzas, ice-cold water fountains and bohemian artists who fascinate you on th...

Siena Cathedral

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  Siena is one of the most beautiful cities in Tuscany. Surrounded by orchards, olive groves and vineyards, the city is going back into Italy's medieval past. According to historical documents discovered by archaeologists, the city was founded by the Romans in 30 AD. One of the most beautiful attractions here is the cathedral, or duomo.     With an impressive height, the cathedral attracts through the successful combination of marble both outside...

Santa Maria del Popolo

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  Santa Maria del Popolo is located in Piazza del Popolo, in the center of Rome, near the Villa Borghese Park. The church and the area got its name from the word populous, which means village, as on this place there was a village here in the Middle Ages. The interior of the church is filled with priceless works of art and it is famous due to the magnificent ceilings and murals done in Renaissance style, performed by such great masters as Pinturicchio, Raphael, Carracci, Caravaggio a...

Santa Maria sopra Minerva

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  The church is located in Piazza della Minerva, close to Pantheon, and it is considered the only Gothic church in Rome. Here there are the tombs of St. Catherine of Siena and great Dominican painter Fra Angelico.      Founded in the seventh century, the name of the basilica comes from the fact that it was built directly over “sopra” (in Italian) the foundations of a temple dedicated to the Egyptian goddess Isis, but mistakenly a...

San Pietro in Vincoli

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  San Pietro in Vincoli (“in vincoli”-“in chains” in Italian) was built on the ruins of an ancient temple dating from the 3rd century  in 432-440 to house the relic of the chains that bound Saint Peter when he was imprisoned in Jerusalem. The Empress Eudoxia, who was the wife of Emperor Valentinian III received them as a gift from her mother, who respectively received them from Iuvenalis, bishop of Jerusalem; the former presented the chains to Pope Leo I...

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