Sitting atop the Campidoglio, accessed by a monumental staircase, Basilica di Santa Maria in Aracoeli is designated the church of the city council of Rome. Though its foundations as a place of worship were laid in the sixth century, today's church is mostly a reflection of the Franciscans' application of Romanesque-Gothic styles in the 13th century. The church is adorned with chandeliers and a wooden coffered ceiling, and there are a number of impressive frescoes throughout. During the Christmas season, the famous Santo Bambino (infant Jesus) statue carved of olive wood is brought to the high altar. If climbing the 124 marble steps to this building seems too daunting, take the steps to the right to get in a back entrance, where the incline is not as steep. Make Basilica di Santa Maria in Aracoeli a centerpiece of your Rome vacation itinerary, and find what else is worth visiting using our Rome trip planner.
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Basilica di Santa Maria in Aracoeli Reviews
One of the most wonderful basilicas in Rome. Located near Piazza del Campidoglio, at the top of the spectacular 124 marble steps. Plates comes from various ancient buildings. It was built in the... more »
After the steep climb up Capitoline Hill, we visited this Basilica and marvelled at the sheer work and ornate altar and grand chandeliers. It is simply stunning and free to enter. more »
Very grand with chandeliers hanging from the roof and fancy art work behind bars. There are two entrances the main one at the front and another hidden around the back. I came in the back way where it also leads to a couple of great viewing points for pictures of Rome and some ruins (so you get to see them for free). So if you come in the front leave via the back and vice versa I'd say.
Don’t let the fencing in front and side deter you. The church is open via small front and side entrances. It’s beautiful inside. See the many chandeliers, beautiful altar, paintings along the side, and the holy baby statue to the left of the altar. Must see!
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