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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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Absolutely stunning cathedral. Breathtaking decorations and architecture and the cool interior was a welcome relief from the blistering sun. The stumbled across thus beautiful... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 31, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2015 NEW

Absolutely stunning cathedral. Breathtaking decorations and architecture and the cool interior was a welcome relief from the blistering sun. The stumbled across thus beautiful church one morning, but we came back at least three times.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015 NEW

We took this tour with the red bus group and our guide was knowledgeable, entertaining, funny and cute. Unfortunately, I can't remember his name, but speaks perfect English and Italian. It is a must see for everyone. It just transports you back in time. A guide is best to give more background information. There is so much to see. It's... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015 NEW

This is a stunning building . It's worth going very early or later when the crouds drop off so you can appreciate this space and the serenity of it. Sit a while and relax in your own space and time. Very spiritual. Cool off , look around you .

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015 NEW

Well if you were ever wondering where all the money went you donated to the church. FOUND IT!! But it is awesome to see and to feel the fibe. Like old stuff then visit.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015 NEW

You're probably Not a Priest, so which of Rome's 400-500 churches should you visit ??? IMO, the top 3 'Must See' churches are: St Peters - St John Laterans - & - Santa Maria Maggiore ( & in that order of importance) each for specific reasons. Maggiore is Huge & magnificent & classified as a Basilica (see Wikipedia), gold encrusted... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

A must-see basilica. 5th century mosaics, the Triumphal Arch, the mosaic covered nave, and he crypt of the nativity and St. Jerome cannot be missed.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore is my favorite of the Basilica's in Rome. It is not as ornate as St Peter's and it is away from many of the other sites to see so it is a nice place to go and see a little different part of Rome. There is a great place to eat just across the street... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

Beautiful (and huge) basilica close to Roma Termini station. We saw this church after having visited St. Peter's Basilica, and it was still stunning. It boggles the mind how much gold leaf must be in Rome's many churches.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015 NEW

Stop by on a less visited Basilica in the heart of Rome. This beauty should not be missed!! LESS PEOPLE but amazing art & architecture awaits.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015 NEW

Most beautiful Basilica in Rome! Such a pleasant surprise! Just steps from our hotel, Raffaello Hotel, the Basilica was truly magical. Don't miss pieces of baby Jesus' crib inside.

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Additional Information about Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore

Address: Piazza di Santa Maria Maggiore, 00185 Rome, Italy
Phone Number: +39 06 698 86800
Location: Europe  >  Italy  >  Lazio  >  Rome>  > Monti
Open Hours:
Sunday 7:00 am - 7:00 pm
Monday 7:00 am - 7:00 pm
Tuesday 7:00 am - 7:00 pm
Wednesday 7:00 am - 7:00 pm
Thursday 7:00 am - 7:00 pm
Friday 7:00 am - 7:00 pm
Saturday 7:00 am - 7:00 pm

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