Rome, Italy

Santa Maria in Aracoeli, Rome, Italy

This is one of Rome's premier Churches, standing as it does on the Capitoline Hill (next to and often hidden by the Vittoriano Monument). The church - Saint Mary of the Altar in the Sky - dates to the 6th Century (at least) and stands on the site of an ancient temple. Even the steps leading up to its entrance were completed in 1348 (and bizzarely there are 122 steps on the right side and 124 on the left side), rumour has it that if you climb the steps on your knees you will win the Lottery!

Inside the church there is a collection of tombs and paintings to rival any of the higher profile Roman Churches and a superb view can be had across the roofs of Rome from the platform outside the door.

Photo - Andrew J. Müller

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