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Basilica of Santa Maria di Castello

Address: Salita di Santa Maria di Castello 15 | Molo, Genoa, Italy
Phone Number: 010/2549511
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Ranked #10 of 295 things to do in Genoa
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Religious sites, Museums, Sights & Landmarks
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Type: Religious sites, Museums, Sights & Landmarks

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Nice, France
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41 reviews 41 reviews
22 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2015

Several reviewers have mentioned this, and it totally changed our experience there. We went twice, the first time close to closing time and so resolved to come back.The next time, one of the chaperones recognized us and offered to take us on a free tour, guiding us into the back rooms where there was a little museum, a beautiful cloister,... More 

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Toronto, Canada
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51 reviews 51 reviews
18 attraction reviews
57 helpful votes 57 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2015

Was a bit tricky to find but what a pleasure it is to see a very old church completely blend in the dwelling houses around! I could not believe my eyes. It simply popped out around the corner. Beautiful inside too but I cannot say much of it. Like any church in Italy it is unique. Simply put, it won't... More 

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Genoa, Italy
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19 reviews 19 reviews
8 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2014

Even if I live in Genoa this complex was unknown to me... It was a really surprise to discover that in our narrow street city there is a so old church with a lot of cloisters, paints, frescos. I suggest a visit.

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Bengaluru (Bangalore), India
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69 reviews 69 reviews
38 attraction reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2014

Very nice church with excellent architecture, roman pillars. The art work are beautifully done in 14-1500's. The painting on the stone is beautiful. When I went there in the evening nobody was there except guardian. I asked guardian to show me inside, he showed me the inner area where the hidden gems of paintings were present. The door in wall,... More 

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Aberdeen, United Kingdom
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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2014

This place is worth going to see as it has one of the most amazing ornate interiors I have ever seen. A Romanesque gem in the heart of old Genova that helps to situate you within the historic mythology of Genova. I also loved the Cathedral of San Lorenzo that supposedly contains the relics of Saint John the Baptist and... More 

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Roswell, Georgia
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184 reviews 184 reviews
59 attraction reviews
67 helpful votes 67 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2014

This is a beautiful cathedral that has wonderful art work and painted ceilings. After traveling through Italy the past two weeks with stops in Rome and Florence I am still amazed by the attention to detail that the churches of Italy have. This church could be a museum, and did not have the touristy feeling of some of the other... More 

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Johannesburg, South Africa
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20 reviews 20 reviews
11 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014

Typical beautiful Italian Basilica, area surrounding is outstanding and worth the walk down to the harbour. Magnificant old galleon at dockside which you can visit.

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Sofia, Bulgaria
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10 reviews 10 reviews
5 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014

The church is a nice place to visit, we found it by accident! Ask the guy inside to show you the back area, there is a lot that you do not see in front. In the back, there are some interesting exhibited stuff (paintings, sculptures, robes, etc.). They only spoke Italian, though.

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Istanbul
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42 reviews 42 reviews
25 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014

I saw the basilica from outside. It was a very nice building and people were sitting on the steps enjoying a lunch, which was very nice to watch. A must see, when you are in Genoa.

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London, United Kingdom
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14 reviews 14 reviews
4 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014

Unassuming but once you step in that changes. The main section dates back to medieval times. Really worth a look, better than the cathedral.

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