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Basilica of Santa Maria di Castello

Salita di Santa Maria di Castello 15 | Molo, Genoa, Italy
010/2549511
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Ranked #5 of 141 attractions in Genoa
Certificate of Excellence 2013
Type: Museums, Religious Sites
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Genova, Italia
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49 reviews 49 reviews
6 attraction reviews
69 helpful votes 69 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2013 via mobile

Genoese are a very modest people, used since Middle Ages to hide their treasures. This is why medieval palaces in Genoa are modest from the street, just to reveal marvelous courtyards, fountains, and interiors with paintings from Van Dijk and Rubens. This just to explain why a church like Santa Maria di Castello in France would be well known all... More

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Genoa, Italy
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15 reviews 15 reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2013

Why should a 32-year-old genoese guy write a review about Santa Maria di Castello on TA?!? Well, it's pretty clear Genova is not the typical touristic spot where everything attractive is well organized and advertised. No, Genova needs to be discovered and Santa Maria di Castello is an excellent example of what I'm saying: if this ancient church was in... More

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Portsmouth
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19 reviews 19 reviews
5 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2013

The architecture is quite stunning. The atmosphere and 'feel' is a complete contrast to the hustle and bustle of the Genova in which it is based. A must see

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Genoa, Italy
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402 reviews 402 reviews
200 attraction reviews
752 helpful votes 752 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2013

Santa Maria di Castello's volunteer organization is committed to making each person's visit to this lovely church a meaningful and learning experience. It has so many treasures, sculptures, frescoes, paintings and religious art from the 15th century onwards, linking it to the history of the city that a visit here will introduce you to the major families of Genova. The... More

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Belleville, Illinois
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139 reviews 139 reviews
95 attraction reviews
69 helpful votes 69 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2013

I really liked the black and white design, it was very different from what I have seen before. Free to go inside and worth your time to do so.

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Italy
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2013

A lovely, peaceful visit. We had a private tour with a who I believe was a volunteer guide. He was very friendly. It was a nice change of sight-seeing from the hustle and bustle of the city. Even if you don't see the convent the main chapel itself is lovely. And Mass after the visit was icing on the cake.... More

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Hull, East Yorkshire
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2013

Wonderfully calm place - amazing frescoes; donations for candles vary. Very peaceful. Decoration very ornate.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2013 via mobile

You can't go wrong here. Beautiful. On the left side when facing the altar there is a beautiful Chapel. But it takes one euro to turn on the lights.

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West Des Moines, Iowa
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17 reviews 17 reviews
4 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2013

Awesome church with fantastic frescos and decor was very, very wonderful! The interior was very decorative and had many precious items found in larger churches.

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Firenze, Toscana, Italy
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94 reviews 94 reviews
26 attraction reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2012

With so many churches and cathedrals packed in the alleyways of the city, it's hard to visit them all. But this is one you shouldn't miss, especially if you're location scouting for your wedding in Italy.

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