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Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore

Address: Piazza di Santa Maria Maggiore, 00185 Rome, Italy (Monti)
Phone Number: +39 06 698 86800
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Ranked #10 of 1,420 things to do in Rome
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Religious sites, Landmarks & points of interest, Historic sites, Churches & cathedrals, Sights & Landmarks
Owner description: One of seven pilgrimage basilicas in the world, this church was...
Useful Information: Stairs / elevator
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Type: Religious sites, Landmarks & points of interest, Historic sites, Churches & cathedrals, Sights & Landmarks
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Sun - Sat 7:00 am - 7:00 pm
Owner description: One of seven pilgrimage basilicas in the world, this church was founded in 432 AD and is where the famous architect Bernini is buried.
Useful Information: Stairs / elevator
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Bath, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015 NEW

There are quite a few in Rome but this is one of the best. There is a lot to see and it left me in awe. Be prepared for another stiff neck as you spend a lot of time looking up.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015 NEW

A true wonder of a basilica, bettered by only a few other churches in Rome. There is a bit to see and learn about it's past and present functions, or you could simply walk around individually and admire the architecture and the ample art that's displayed in every nook and cranny. A must see for those interested or those who... More 

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Lisbon, Portugal
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2015 NEW

Impressive and very beautiful basilica, worth a visit. Too bad there is a chappel you aren't allowed to visit or photograph.

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York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2015 NEW

We very nearly missed going in here as we arrived at the back of the building. This church is amazing, with so much to see. There are remains of the Manger down some stairs in the confessio near the Altar.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2015 NEW

The basilica is simply one of the most beautiful things in this world. Do your homework and prepare well the visit to fully appreciate the magnitude and meaning of this wonderful temple. It is easy to spend a couple of hours just looking up and being overwhelmed. For Christians and pilgrims it’s a place where you can easily raise your... More 

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Tel Aviv
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2015 NEW

A beautiful basilica not to be missed in Rome. We are veteran travelers exposed to tenth of churches all over the globe, so we are naturally skeptical since our "scale" is high. This church is impressive in the synergy of all its elements (floor, mosaics, altar, painting etc). Definitely a not to miss place in Rome.

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Guarujá, São Paulo, Brazil
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2015 NEW

The dome is simply wonderful.Well worth a visit! And you can walk around in Trastevere wich is a very beautiful place too.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2015 NEW

A must see on Rome trip. Impressive architecture, art. Taxi stand right there. One of the great churches of the world.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2015 NEW

We were staying opposite this papal basilica at the Mecenate Palace hotel and had a great outlook over it from breakfast on the roof terrace. The basilica itself is very ornate and is located on a pretty square.

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Lisbon, Portugal
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015 NEW

another church in Rome... after seen 20 of them you don't remember which is what... but this one worth the visit, get out in a bus close to termini and don't forget to walk 10 minutes and visit san pietro church close to this... don't give money to anybody that ask you, church visits are free

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