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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 731 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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014 NEW

This was the first church dedicated to the Virgin Mary in about 440 CE. (It took that long for church leaders to decide that yes, she was really the virgin mother of Christ.) It has the form of a Roman basilica (civic building) with a nave separated by columns from the side aisles, because dignity and authority under divine protection... More

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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014 NEW

The sheer size and opulence of the church is staggering and a must see for any visit to Rome. This is the first church to be dedicated to the Virgin Mary

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Lincoln, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014 NEW via mobile

It took us a while to find the entrance but once inside it was stunning. There was a mass on, which added to the atmosphere. Beautiful. It takes your breath away. There is so much to take in. We went into the little museum after our visit. A lovely place to visit.

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Perth, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014 NEW

It's free and amazing inside, I mean seriously beautiful. I wandered for an hour looking at the overall splendour and the detail. It's on the hopon hopoff bus route the stop before the rail station. While I'm at it it recommend the yellow buses for the hoho route. Thinks it Christiana bus company or something like that, less crowded.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014 NEW

The rear of this building faces via Cavour which is a busy street and this is deceiving as the entrance is off the Piazza on the other side and once inside be prepared to take many pictures as this is a stunning building

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Bristol, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014 NEW

The church dates from the 5th Century,and is richly decorated with the most splendid Byzantine mosaics.The Basilica dominates the city of Rome,and has done for nearly sixteen centuries.The church also contains the rather plain tomb of Bernini,one of the greatest artists and sculpters of Rome.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014 NEW

By Rome's standard, it is a moderately ornate cathedral, with many very beautiful and attractive features. If it had been in any other city, it would have been one of the highlights of my visit. But now, two weeks on and after visiting many of the city's churches over a number of years, I can think of nothing outstanding about... More

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Irvine, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014 NEW

Have been to Rome several times, first time I had enough time to just wander around and found myself in front of this basilica. What a moving and beautiful place, could have spent hours just wandering around. Make a point to visit next time you are in Rome.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

You can spend a month in Rome just visiting the cathedrals and churches and at some stage get burn-out. So, before that happens, make sure you visit the Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore. One the most ancient of Rome's Basilicas and the interior decor is magnificent. There are also some of the best mosaics in Rome on display here. the... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

We went on August the fifth at 9pm and there was a small festival celebrating the snowfall that fell in August to indicate the spot where they should build the church. The festival is called "Festa della Madonna della Neve" celebrated each year on August the fifth with a religious ceremony and artificial snowfall with white rose petals falling on... More

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