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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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Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore

Outstanding , increible, you better take a guid tour to understand many important things you will see, to understand the loggia delle bendizioni and all the other rooms, ...you... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 27, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2015 NEW

Outstanding , increible, you better take a guid tour to understand many important things you will see, to understand the loggia delle bendizioni and all the other rooms, ...you will love it

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015 NEW

I love visiting every church in Rome but this one is special somehow and never miss the chance to take stroll inside and take in its beauty. It's great that it is so close to the train station so there is no excuse for not stepping inside.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2015 NEW

Came upon this church by chance when wandering around the Termini area. It is a huge building which doesn't disappoint when you step inside. Beautiful features (e.g. side chapels with stunning paintings and architecture). What a pleasure it was to visit and an added bonus to find out that entry was free!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2015 NEW

--and anybody with patient good will can become a serious art-lover: so plan a little extra-time for your visit of this outstanding sight (don't have to enlarge on its tremendous riches) and take a guided tour of the loggia delle benedizioni and adjacent rooms, most importantly Bernini's winding stair--and of the excavations underneath the present church. The late 13th c.... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2015

When walking over the Esquiline hill you should pass the Arch of Gallienus, the Basilica Di Santa Prassede and this robust Basilica Papale di Santa Maria Maggiore (especially the dome in the back of this church was pretty impressive.) - all very close to one another. Note none of this costs you anything. We are not religious, but I should... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

Again, forget about the popularity of St Peter's Church and pay attention (or at least try to do so) to the details and richness of this church...it's unique, stunning, true beauty!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

Close to Piazza della Repubblica is the basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore and a stop you should add to your visit. The Basilica is on the Esquiline Hill. It is under the direction of the Vatican. The Basilica has several precious relics. It has the relic of the Holy Crib, shards from the Holy Manger, a piece of the True... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

The Basilica itself is gorgeous, however in the museum I wished they had more descriptions in English for the numerous English-speaking tourists that visit. I would have liked to know more about the artifacts displayed.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2015

This is a must see! It's one of the oldest churches dedicated to the Mother of God. The floor dates back to the 4th century. It's gorgeous!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2015

Excellent church to visit. Great history and well preserved . Located within the midst of many attractions and well worth the stop.

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Monti is Rome’s rebel yell. This neighborhood just west of Termini train station mixes grit with fun as it continues to fight for its reputation as a magnet for the artsy, alternative, and hipster. Every season, quirky boutiques and food spots sprout up on its cobblestone streets. The neighborhood supports unique and homegrown businesses that cater to its longtime residents as well as hipsters on the hunt. Hang out at Piazza della Madonna dei Monti anytime after lunch and you'll always find something going on.