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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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Sparkling gold inside, plain outside. Beautiful proportions of plain and fancy can transport you, if you let them. DO make sure to step inside this gem. The wide central aisle... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 26, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015 NEW

Sparkling gold inside, plain outside. Beautiful proportions of plain and fancy can transport you, if you let them. DO make sure to step inside this gem. The wide central aisle (the nave) with three-story gold mosaiced walls and coffered ceiling that will take your breath away is flanked by two side aisles equally gorgeous. The columns gracefully guide you up... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015 NEW

In this church you can find, if you know him, the thumb of Bernini. The basilica is old and beatiful. To be seen

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015 NEW

We arrived on a day when the Basilica was full of people celebrating the beatification of some unknown persons. However, the noise was all outside, inside it was peaceful and serene, just as it should be. Well worth a visit, even if you are not "churchy"

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015 NEW

This was the first sight that we visited on our trip to Rome, and it is well worth the visit. The architecture is so impressive, and everything is on such a large and grand scale. It is amazing to learn about the history of the church and view all of the artwork.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015 NEW

This is a most beautiful church. It is one of the oldest. The outside belies what is inside. The ceiling is spectacular with the gold and the mosaics!!! It is not as busy as the other Papal basilicas but just as stunning. Unless you go on a bus tour you might not find it! Don't forget to visit the relics.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015 NEW

Splendid at night outside. Bring a nice lens and you will find that you can take some great pictures.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015 NEW

WOW what an experience. So calm, breathing taking and amazing. It is rated second only to St Peters Basilica in Vatican City but it is on par with St Peters. Absolutely stunning.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015 NEW

This was the first church we went into on our Rome visit, and it was incredible! The art, as well as the architecture, is just phenomenal. This is a must-see.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015 NEW

This is a must but visit before you visit St peter's Basilica, as any thing after that is small and ho hum!!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015 NEW

My wife's relatives who live in Rome brought us here after we had done several of the more common touristy sites. Whilst there were some tourists there - compared to the Vatican, Trevi, Spanish Steps - the place was practically deserted. It may be unkind to compare any place with the Vatican - but this is one place that I... More 

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