I hope you like photos, because it is really hard for me to put into words how much I love this place.
Santa Maria in Ara Coeli is my favorite church in Rome.
It is the most beautiful church in Rome.
I mean, if you like brassy and in-your-face beauty. Which I obviously do, because I am from California and I live in Rome.
What other beauty is there? Understated? Yeah. Understated in overrated.
You know what is not overrated? 1 billion crystal chandeliers.
Ok, maybe there are not 1 billion- but there are more chandeliers than any quiet church would ever have. No, this church is the church of ROME.
…Or at least the church of the City Council of Rome.
Anyways, here are a few more photos so you can judge for yourself.
When visiting Rome, it does not hurt to pop in to most of the churches you walk by. Just dress appropriately (covered shoulders and knees), and enjoy the grandeur.
This church has a few stairs because it is located on the highest point of the Campidoglio hill, but the climb is more than worth it.