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Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore

Piazza di Santa Maria Maggiore, 00185 Rome, Italy
+39 06 698 86800
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Ranked #10 of 687 attractions in Rome
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Type: Religious Sites, Landmarks/ Points of Interest, Historic Sites, Churches/ Cathedrals
Traveler Description: Basilica of St. Mary Major  Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore   Piazza di S. Maria Maggiore, 42  Transport:  Metro Line B – Cavour.  Hours:  Open... more »
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Tehran
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65 reviews 65 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014 NEW

another surprising church in Rome!it was a huge basilica with numerous details and a beautiful wooden ceiling.it's one of the oldest churches in Rome,don't miss it.

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Coatesville, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

This is a place that has always drawn me back several times when I am in Rome.There is of course St Peter's and many other impressive churches, but St Mary Major is special. The mosaics, side chapels, huge ancient columns and marble floor all blend and fit together in a way some others do not. The atmosphere is always serene... More

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London, United Kingdom
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8 reviews 8 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

The basilica was gorgeous when we visited. There was a service being held in one of the smaller sections and it was interesting to listen while we wandered through the beautiful rooms.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2014 NEW

Really pretty and nice. Its completely free and nit to far away from the colosseum. When you go in look at the detail of the room is beautiful and so detailed. Certainly worth a visit.

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2014 NEW

Looks like a ruin from the outside but takes your breath away when you walk in especially as it was Palm Sunday when we visited and there was a service on

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Nottingham, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2014 NEW

Wow! This place is astonishing. Grandiose gilded ceilings. Amazing paintings, it is certainly awe inspiring. The dome was so beautiful, and made necks ache trying to see everything. From a traveller point of view, there are few public toilets in rome, and whilst all cafés do have them, they can be pretty basic. These at Santa Maria magi ore were... More

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Kernersville, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2014 NEW

My husband & I wanted to visit this Basilicia when in Rome with our tour group traveling with Gate 1 Travel. We were on a break from our tour group and really wanted to visit this Basilica since it is where Bernini is buried. The amazing ceilings with its golden frescoes is absolutely breathtaking! The baldaquin altar is impressive as... More

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Scunthorpe, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2014

Beautiful inside, well worth visiting. Some wonderful painted ceiling art and statues. Very unassuming from the outside

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Jerusalem, Israel
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2014

Look forward to seeing all the frescos but the lighting was so bad could not see any of them. Basilica for praying yes, but for art lovers disappointing

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Ouyen, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2014 via mobile

A modest monster - Maggiore - 'major'. A great altar, amazing ceiling paintings in the domed naives, but it was the gold painting of the 'All Seeing Eye' that really dominated the experience of this church over others. I always take joy in donating though the offertory, poor boxes or gift shops in these generous churches that don't charge entry.

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