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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 726 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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Vancouver
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38 reviews 38 reviews
18 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014 NEW

Attended a morning mass on Saturday in the smaller side chapel - a wonderful experience. The Basilica is amazing. It was interesting to see the confessional rooms lining the outside of the main church - each confessional booth accommodated a different language! There is a gift shop (almost all of the churches we visited had them) with informational books. The... More

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Nis, Serbia
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

This basillica is one of my favorite spots in whole of Rome! A MUST see! Really beautiful mosaics inside and the outside is nice too. It is close to Termini station, so, even if you are just a few hours in Rome, stuck in Termini, go and see it!

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Australia
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28 reviews 28 reviews
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12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

This is worth a 1 hour visit. There are fewer crowds however no less beautiful than the Vatican. Good access from the hop on hop off bus.

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San Ramon, California
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37 reviews 37 reviews
14 attraction reviews
50 helpful votes 50 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

We popped in here one evening while out for a stroll, not realizing haw amazing this church was. Fabulous frescos, and really a stunning church in a town with many amazing churches. Well worth the visit, and check out the neighboring basilica while you are there.

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Austin, Texas, United States
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30 reviews 30 reviews
11 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014 NEW

This church is hard to love at first. It's huge, it's hard to see the mosaics, and it's full of religious pilgrims. But that's part of what makes the church special--most of the visitors are religious visitors, so there's less of the tourist madness that infects St. Peter's. The mosaics--both the older, Early Christian nave mosaics and the "newer" Torritti... More

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Hartsville, Tennessee
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5 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014 NEW

The artwork is amazing and it is a quick stop so if you can fit in 15-20 minutes you should visit just to see the amazing architecture and art inside.

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London, England, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014 NEW

It's kinda famous. You're bright people, am sure you'll figure it all out with a guide book and all.

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Kansas City
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014 NEW

We walked by this Basilica not having heard of it and wandered in. What a surprise! Do no skip this beautiful treasure. Reminded me of St. Peter's. One of my favorite places we visited in Rome.

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Toronto, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014 NEW

It can be challenging to pick just one church or basilica that is the most stunning when you're in a place like rome, and whereas this was a truly stunning church it actually tops my list for a slightly different reason. While my friend and I were in the church there was a service going on in one of the... More

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Fredericksburg, Virginia, USA
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32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014 NEW

I was torn. As a tourist and a general observer, I thought the basilica was absolutely beautiful. My wife especially enjoyed the golden ceilings. The mosaics around the place were gorgeous, too. However, as devout Christians, we were a little appalled. Our biggest gripe with the place could be summed up by asking a single question - where was Jesus... More

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