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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 #4 of 144 attractions in Genoa
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Museums, Religious Sites
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London, United Kingdom
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13 reviews 13 reviews
4 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 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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London, United Kingdom
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45 reviews 45 reviews
13 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2014

Nearly passed this basilica but fortunately we stopped in for a quick look and stayed. The basilica is very old with some amazing art work. It is free with a donation only.

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Ithaca, New York
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24 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2014

Santa Maria di Castello.. what a hidden gem with a modest Romanesque exterior. Had no idea it housed so much classic artwork would have spent time inside it. Instead we spent time gawping at the tall tower near it.

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Genova, Italia
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52 reviews 52 reviews
7 attraction reviews
79 helpful votes 79 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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17 helpful votes 17 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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23 reviews 23 reviews
6 attraction reviews
33 helpful votes 33 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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420 reviews 420 reviews
207 attraction reviews
869 helpful votes 869 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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85 helpful votes 85 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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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 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
4 helpful votes 4 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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