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Rome’s Churches

Family Guide
The Baroque baldacchino in St Peter’s
Although the idea of going to church may elicit groans from most kids, Rome’s churches are treasure troves of art and sculpture. Hunting for a painting or statue by a famous artist, switching the lights on in a gloomy niche to reveal a brilliantly hued mosaic, or searching for skeletons and other symbols on elaborate tombs can be a lot of fun – and a far more intimate experience than visiting a large museum.

Ancient temples

One pagan temple survives virtually unaltered since it was erected in the 2nd century AD. The Pantheon, “Temple of all the Gods”, has a domed ...

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