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Santa Maria sopra Minerva in Rome is one of the major churches of the Dominicans. The church's name derives from the fact that the first Christian church structure on the site was built directly over the ruins or foundations of a temple dedicated to the Egyptian goddess Isis, which had been erroneously ascribed to the Greco-Roman goddess Minerva.

The church is located in the Piazza della Minerva one block behind the Pantheon within the ancient district known as the Campus Martius. The Minerva has been a titular church since 1557 and a minor basilica since 1566. This is the only extant example of original Gothic church building in Rome. Behind a restrained Renaissance style façade the Gothic interior features arched vaulting that was painted blue with gilded stars and trimmed with brilliant red ribbing in a 19th century Neo-Gothic restoration. Source: Wikipedia

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