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Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore

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Address: Piazza di Santa Maria Maggiore, 00185 Rome, Italy
Phone Number: +39 06 698 86800
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Description: One of seven pilgrimage basilicas in the world, this church was founded in...
One of seven pilgrimage basilicas in the world, this church was founded in 432 AD and is where the famous architect Bernini is buried.
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What a surprise, an absolutely stunning building. It's a Papal Basilica, construction began in 435 AD which makes it a thousand years older than St Peters Basilica. While St... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 30, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015 NEW

What a surprise, an absolutely stunning building. It's a Papal Basilica, construction began in 435 AD which makes it a thousand years older than St Peters Basilica. While St Peters is very impressive for it size beauty, Santa Maria Maggiore is no less beautiful but on more intimate/human scale without the massive crowds of St Peters and there is no... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015 NEW

We spent well over an hour looking around this beautiful basilica. Take time to explore the finer details of its interior. Please do remember to be respectful, cover shoulders and upper arms ladies, don't wear "short" shorts (or be prepared to wrap yourself in a kind of sarong handed to you at the entrance) This is a church, services are... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015 NEW

What a beautiful place this is a must for everyone visiting Rome . You cannot take in the architecture and the beautiful paintings on the ceiling. So glad we went in .

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2015 NEW

You have to take it all in. Just sit and gaze at the exterior before entering and trying to take it all in. A must see

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2015 NEW

Awe inspiring architecture and art. A must for serious visitors to Rome. One of the highlights of a tour of Rome.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2015 NEW

We never intentionally planned to visit this church, but it was just a few blocks from our hostel, so we stopped in one morning on our way to breakfast. We were so glad we did! The interior is absolutely beautiful, covered in plenty of art and decoration to discover. It was a little crowded when we went, but not so... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2015 NEW

Liked this church a lot. Large with lots of interesting bits and pieces to discover. Very impressive facade and we ate at a local cafe opposite and as it came dark we had the opportunity to see the lights come on. Mass was very popular and they do not allow people to wander round when this is taking place.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2015 NEW

Our hotel was just across the road from this beautiful Basilica. Ladies please note that you are required to cover your shoulders before entering so take a shirt or pashmina. It was 33 degrees the day we visited so only had sleeveless top. There were pieces of voile in a basket to borrow if you didn't have anything with you.... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2015 NEW

This is a nice and big basilica, easily accessed from Via Cavour. It is smaller than San Peter, but it has lots of history and interesting things to see. In any other city this would be a main attraction, but this is Rome the eternal city and this wonderful monument is a bit lost among the many others.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015 NEW

I love this church. We have heard Mass here often, being Catholic, and once it was on the day of the feast. It's a lovely church with a sweet story about Our Lady.

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