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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 727 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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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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14 reviews 14 reviews
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014 NEW

Dont miss this. It is free and the beauty of this Basilica can not be described. You are also allowed to take photos.

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ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014 NEW

This church was closed most weekdays. When we finally did get inside it has amazing gold ceilings. Wear something that covers your shoulders or they won't let you in.

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Monroe, New Jersey
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12 reviews 12 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014 NEW

You can easily get overwhelmed by the vast number of beautiful churches in Rome. This one is worth a quick visit, if time permits. The church contains a reliquary said to contain wood from the Holy Crib of the Nativity of Jesus.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014 NEW

I went to Mass at this Basilica on the feast of Sts. Peter & Paul. It was a high mass, sung with a choir and orchestra, celebrated by a Cardinal and about 15 bishops. Was very impressive, even though all in Italian and Latin. Went back the next day to tour it.

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Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina
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19 reviews 19 reviews
6 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014 NEW

Like the adjective "maggiore" suggests, this place is huge and the belltower is quite unusual. Very spaciuous inside and a cool place to hide from the heat. Great artworks, check out the capella Paolina.

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Orrington, Maine
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10 reviews 10 reviews
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11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

I went to Mass at this Basilica on the feast of Sts. Peter & Paul. It was a high mass, sung with a choir and orchestra, celebrated by a Cardinal and about 15 bishops. Was very impressive, even though all in Italian and Latin. Went back the next day to tour it.

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Hinsdale, Illinois
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8 reviews 8 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014 NEW

We enjoyed our visit here. It is one of the oldest churches in Rome According to Wikipedia ...."Landmark papal basilica founded in the 5th century & known for its Roman mosaics & gilded ceiling." Watch your purse, one of the participants in a baptism had their purse stolen while we were there.

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Kingston-upon-Hull, United Kingdom
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22 reviews 22 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014 NEW

It's jaw droppingly beautiful Don't forget to cover shoulders and knees You need a guide or else it's just another church

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40 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014 NEW

It would just be unforgivable to visit Rome without going to this basilica, it is almost as imposing as st. Peter's basilica, with amazing marble decor, Bernini designed beautiful stairs and imposing design. It is at walking distance from the railway station and is surrounded by many good eatalian eateries, it is open untill 19:00 hrs, a nice end of... More

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Qawra, Malta
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014

The mosaics in this church - with gold from the new found land - are in extremely good state - well done.

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