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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 742 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 »
Useful Information: Stairs / elevator
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014 NEW

It was great visiting this fine Basilica, which is the largest Roman church dedicated to Mary. The immense size allows it to be referred to as Major. It dominates the area, presenting grand facades. Moving inside is wondrous, with so many features to contemplate and admire. A view down the nave with the stately row of columns on each side... More

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Northampton, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014 NEW

It is a must to see, and free to enter. Great for religious as well as art/architecture lovers. It stands out in the background and is definitely a place to visit in Rome

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014 NEW

This is a huge and very old church. The ceilings, windows, statuary and altars are impressive. It felt so great to light real candles again. A spiritual experience.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2014 NEW

We went the Basilica on the first afternoon we arrived in Rome and was thoroughly taken by it's beauty. Massive space, and to realize the history of the Basilica and other sites in Rome gives you goosebumps.

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2014 NEW

Stunning Church that took us by surprize. Very close to our hotel, and well worth a visit ~ full of beauty and wonder

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Joppa, Maryland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2014 NEW

We visited this beautiful basilica on our second day in Rome which was no more than a 10 minute walk from our hotel. This was not part of our tour, so grab your map of Rome and start exploring. A must visit for church lovers!!

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Lincoln, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2014 NEW

Worth a visit for church lovers, excellent architecture and very central for visiting other places, such as the Colleseum .

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2014 NEW

A fantastic building with a sense of serenity whilst walking about. The mosaic floors are a delight to behold.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2014 NEW

After a few days in Rome, you think you have seen it all. This basilica is beautiful and work adding to your rounds of visits. Easily accessible by public transportation.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2014 NEW

On an evening walk we dropped in. The tour was great, into private areas with Borghese papal robes & paintings, staircase by Bellini, roof-top views of the magnificent gilded ceiling and more. This is a magnificent ancient church, well worth a visit.

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