The Basilica Santa Maria Sopra Minerva is a 15th century basilica near the Pantheon. It is a rare example of Gothic architecture in Rome. It is in the contiguous convent of the church that, on June 22, 1633, Galileo Galilei, suspected of heresy, abjured his scientific theses.
The church of San Luigi dei Francesi was built between 1518 and 1589 by the French community of Rome. The work was carried out by Domenico Fontana on a project by Giacomo Della Porta, and thanks to the donations of Catherine de' Medici (1519-1589). Between 1749 and 1764 the interior was renovated under the project of the French architect Antoine Dérizet.
Sant'Ivo alla Sapienza is a church built between 1642 and 1660 by Francesco Borromini, the architect of La Sapienza University. For its artistic, technical and symbolic values, the building is considered one of the masterpieces of the architect, of the Baroque and of the history of architecture in general. The works were conditioned by the pre-existence of the already built palace and courtyard, which left a very limited quadrangular space for the construction of the church. But the result is of extreme purity and apparent simplicity.