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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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Beautiful church

This church was located at the end of the street where we rented an apartment. It was lit up so beautiful at night. A few days later we walked down again to see what it looked... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 29, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2015 NEW

This church was located at the end of the street where we rented an apartment. It was lit up so beautiful at night. A few days later we walked down again to see what it looked like inside and it is so beautiful. One of the prettiest churches we saw on our trip to Italy.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2015 NEW

Santa Maria Maggiore is a splendid church. The architecture inside the building is magnificent. There is a relic of the wood of the manager from Bethlehem enshrined in a beautiful silver reliquary below the main altar. The paintings and sculpture are lovely. A definite must see in Rome.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2015 NEW

We saw this every morning and evening as this is where we caught the bus everyday. We could not go in as they were doing restoration work on it but it was magnificent on the outside and has a wonderful history behind it. It is called the church of many names and was built where the Virgin Mary said it... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2015 NEW

The Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore was unlike any other church building or cathedral I've ever seen. I immensely enjoyed it! Plus, I'm a sucker for intricate flooring, ceilings, and architectural details.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2015 NEW

The church itself a must if you travel to Rome. It is as important as St. Peter and St. Giovanni in Laterano. When I was there (evening, before 6 p.m.) the Holy father came to honour the mother of God (Salus Populi Romano) with flours... There where about 30 people in the church and the pope walked silently infront of... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2015 NEW

Most people don't have this place on their list, but it should be. It's incredibly beautiful and will be certainly be worth your time.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015 NEW

Exquisit floors, staues and gold ornaments. If you are lucky you may hear a mass or a organ concert.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015 NEW

Came here while on a walk as we couldn't fit it into our packed schedule, ended up staying here much longer than expected as it was so beautiful to walk around in. A real shame we didn't book a tour to appreciate the building in greater depth

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015 NEW

Our tour guide recommended we must see Four basilicas while in Rome, and this is one of them. Was not originally a priority, but changed the plan based on his recommendation, and glad we did. Brings tears to your eyes. The beauty is inspiring, which I suppose is the objective.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015 NEW

wow and wow again, trying to describe it will not do it justice go and see for yourself,well worth a visit the inside if the cathedral is cool and very serene,but remember when you go to visit you must have your shoulders and knees covered.I saw people turned away who were unable to cover these areas.

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