Santa Maria sopra Minerva

This Dominican church is near the Pantheon.  At the far end of the sacristy is the room (the walls, actually) in which St. Catherine of Siena died, moved here from the Via Santa Chiara 14 in 1630.  The chapel of St. Dominic has the tomb of Pope Benedict XIII (†1730).  It was in this chapel that Henry Dominic Lacordaire took the Dominican habit on 9 April, 1839.  The Medici Chapel, directly behind the high altar of the basilica, contains the tombs of Popes Leo X (†1521) and Clement VII (†1534). 

The Assumption of Mary depicted in the Carafa Chapel.

The Assumption of Mary depicted in the Carafa Chapel.

The major relics of St. Catherine of Siena (†1380) are preserved beneath the main altar.  The relic of her head is preserved in Siena, and one of her feet is preserved in Venice.

The major relics of St. Catherine of Siena (†1380) are preserved beneath the main altar. The relic of her head is preserved in Siena, and one of her feet is preserved in Venice.

The tomb of Blessed Giovanni da Fiesole, also known as Fra Angelico (†1455).  In 1984, Bl. Pope John Paul II called him the 'Universal Patron of Artists'.

The tomb of Blessed Giovanni da Fiesole, also known as Fra Angelico (†1455). In 1984, Bl. Pope John Paul II called him the ‘Universal Patron of Artists’.

Santa Vittoria, Martire (St. Victoria, Martyr)

Santa Vittoria, Martire (St. Victoria, Martyr)

The nave of the church.  Click on the links in this cool floor plan. http://www.basilicaminerva.it/visita/Piantina.htm

The nave of the church. Click on the links in this cool floor plan.
http://www.basilicaminerva.it/visita/Piantina.htm

 

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