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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 #12 of 730 Attractions in Rome
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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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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Malta
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014 NEW

This is an enormous church, lovely from the outside and magnificent from the inside. The side chapels are worth mulling over. Everything leaves you mesmerised. it is close to Termini so reachable from any part of Rome by metro.Don't miss it.

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Rome, Italy
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014 NEW

Absolutely beautiful basilica, with magnificent mosaics and those mesmerizing Cosmati floors (it pays to both look up and look down in Rome!) We were there (again) today with Context Rome for a terrific walking tour focusing on medieval mosaics, which included worthwhile visits to two nearby churches, Santa Pudenziana and Santa Prassede. The apse mosaics here, as well as those... More

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Bucharest, Romania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014 NEW

A great experience.We have no words for it.You must see.All statues and pictures on the walls and ceilling!

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St Austell, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014 NEW

We loved the Basilica, it was so peaceful inside and such magnificent architecture. Beautiful !! We visited it 3 times in 6 days

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Dundee
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014 NEW

We had difficulty locating by foot from Termini but it was only a stop away on the hop on hop off bus. A map of all the churches in Rome would have been useful. A beautiful church.

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zgharta
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014 NEW

Nice nice nice nice... everything in rome is nice and amazing and worth visiting... Everythin is breathtaking, as if you are a part of the history

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Peterborough, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014 NEW

Like all the churches in Rome they just take your breath away, the paintings, marble etc is just amazing,such beautiful places.

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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014 NEW

Well worth the long walk to this Basilica. What a gorgeous interior. From the outside you don't think it's going to be so beautiful. Make sure you walk around the back as it is a nice photo, and look at the floor as it's just amazing.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014 NEW

Great church, just after St. Peter's Basilica, maybe even more beautiful. Nice surroundings too. Must se, if you like the „history of art“ ! Need a few hours to see all.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014

On first glance, Santa Maria Maggiore may look like another church, but it's actually very unique and significant. Firstly, it's technically property of the Vatican, although it's located outside the Vatican. It has special diplomatic status, a bit like an embassy. It's one of only four major papal basilicas in the world, so it's a big deal in the Catholic... More

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