Rome Choral Festival Venues
BASILICA DI SANTA MARIA SOPRA MINERVA
The Basilica of Saint Mary above Minerva is considered the only Gothic church in Rome and is the city’s principal Dominican church. 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 goddess Minerva. Behind a self-effacing facade, its arched vaulting is on 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.