There are a many churches in Rome both of classic and modern style. The most striking churches and well worth a visit include:
- St. Peter
This once was world’s biggest church. Located near the Vatican.
- Santa Maria Maggiore Basilica
Built under the order of pope Sixtus III, this is one of Rome's most beautiful churches. Founded in the 4th century, the Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore (Basilica of Saint Mary Major) is one of the five great ancient basilicas of Rome. Its 18th-century exterior conceals one of the best-preserved Byzantine interiors in the city.
- San Giovanni in Laterano Baslica
A church of great scale. Located near the Piazza Di San Giovanni in Laterano. It was the church of the popes in the middle ages.
Located in Piazza della Rotonda, this is the best preserved church in the history of Rome. The Pantheon is a magnificent ancient temple in Rome that was later converted into the church of Santa Maria ad Martyres. Dating from 125 AD, this is the most complete ancient building in Rome and one of the city's most spectacular sights. In this ancient Roman temple there are a lot of important people buried.
- Dio Padre Misericordioso
This modern church proves that not everything in Rome is old. This is the church that American architect Richard Meier designed for the Jubilee year 2000. There is lots more symbolism here: three sails as in the Trinity, five bells as in the five continents… While the church has lots of glass, it is designed so as to never allow direct sunlight inside. Supposedly though, there is a period in the summertime when sun-rays can filter through to the altar through a small opening in the back.