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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 755 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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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014 NEW

Santa Maria Maggiore is one of few beautiful Rome's churches. Definitely worth a visit especially if you are in the area or near Termini Station. It has fantastic ceiling, beautiful colonnade, and 5th century mosaics.

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San Francisco, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2014 NEW

What a beautiful church! It has the 4 pillars, similar to the Vatican's, but on a smaller scale. We went down the steps to look at Baby Jesus's wooden manger (part of it). Very solemn and beautiful church. A must see!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2014 NEW

Church has rich history. St. Jerome is under alter. Relics of crucifixion cross, Jesus manger, blood of Jesus??, etc there. Worthy of visit.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2014 NEW

Well worth visiting the Basilica's museum for the magnificent Papal robes, a Bernini bust, the first ever sculptures of the nativity, a relic containing a piece of the cross and a relic which contained pieces of Christ's crib. The pieces now lie under the alter in the Basilica itself. You can decide for yourselves whether you believe in them or... More

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Worthing, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2014 NEW

Fantastic. free entry , magnificent ceiling. many picture opportunities , although busy church so large was not too congested, keep eye out for beggars and hawkers selling pashminas and telescopic phone devices , nuisance .

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Boulder, Cororado, USA
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2014 NEW

There are many, many more beautiful churches in Rome, so don't go out of your way to visit this one unless you happen to be staying nearby as we were.

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Itapevi, SP
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2014 NEW

Fantastic wall paints, great floor decoration, amazing ceiling paints. This church it´s one the most beautiful churches in Rome. Easy to go once is pretty close to the Metro Station

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2014 NEW

This is one of many basilicas we visited in Rome. Like the others, it is amazing. The opulence, detail and condition are all superior. If you really want to understand and appreciate the depth of what this basilica has to offer, and time is of no concern, you could easily spend a half day or more studying the artwork and... More

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2014 NEW

This Basilica is in every guide book written, read about it before you visit and be sure to bring the guide book along so you do not miss out on any of the important pieces. Be careful as the traffic around it can be crazy- you can walk to the Colosseum if you have your walking shoes on.

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Ottawa, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2014 NEW

Very interesting, with Mass going on in a side chapel. The wealth of the popes and of the church is obvious here!

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