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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 755 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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Garden Grove, California
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2014 NEW

This Basilica was built from a dream that a pope had, I wont tell you, you have to ask; is smaller but is beautiful inside, the outside does not give merit to it

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Long Island, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2014 NEW

What a beautiful Church! Not to be missed. Be sure to go downstairs to see what is believed to be relics from Jesus' manger.

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Geneva, Switzerland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2014 NEW

Avoiding the long lines to enter StPeter's basilicum, we hopped on a taxi to the Santa Maria Maggiore. A haven of peace compared to Saint Peter's, with a beautiful classical architecture, richly decorated side chapels, and beautiful Byzantian mozaic. Really, an excellent attraction in its own right.

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East Greenwich, Rhode Island
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014 NEW

This was our 5th time in Rome and we had thought we saw everything...well we found this Basilica and couldn't believe that we had never seen it before. It is quite beautiful and St Jerome is buried here. Worth a visit.

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Christchurch, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014 NEW

A beautiful church, not to be missed. When you're Rome you can feel like if you've seen one church you've seen them all but this one is beautiful.

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014 NEW

Santa Maria Maggiore is one of few beautiful Rome's churches. Definitely worth a visit especially if you are in the area or near Termini Station. It has fantastic ceiling, beautiful colonnade, and 5th century mosaics.

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San Francisco, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2014 NEW

What a beautiful church! It has the 4 pillars, similar to the Vatican's, but on a smaller scale. We went down the steps to look at Baby Jesus's wooden manger (part of it). Very solemn and beautiful church. A must see!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2014 NEW

Church has rich history. St. Jerome is under alter. Relics of crucifixion cross, Jesus manger, blood of Jesus??, etc there. Worthy of visit.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2014 NEW

Well worth visiting the Basilica's museum for the magnificent Papal robes, a Bernini bust, the first ever sculptures of the nativity, a relic containing a piece of the cross and a relic which contained pieces of Christ's crib. The pieces now lie under the alter in the Basilica itself. You can decide for yourselves whether you believe in them or... More

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Worthing, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2014 NEW

Fantastic. free entry , magnificent ceiling. many picture opportunities , although busy church so large was not too congested, keep eye out for beggars and hawkers selling pashminas and telescopic phone devices , nuisance .

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