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Basilica of Santa Maria di Castello

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Address: Salita di Santa Maria di Castello 15 | Molo, Genoa, Italy
Phone Number: 010/2549511
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The Basilica is situated in the old town. Really a strange location as the main road runs right in front of it. Of course any European traveler has seen numerous churches but this... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 15, 2015
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Florida
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27 reviews 27 reviews
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11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2015

The Basilica is situated in the old town. Really a strange location as the main road runs right in front of it. Of course any European traveler has seen numerous churches but this is breathtaking. Worth the trip. Make the donation to help maintain such a beautiful place of worship

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Moscow, Russia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2015

They usually write that church is one of the oldest in Genoa (IX c.) But who knows which is oldest of all? Well, there is at least one church founded earlier than Santa Maria but it was reconstructed and doesn't look ancient now. Santa Maria in Castello was not essentially rebuilt (which is not common in Italy) and present rather... More 

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Genoa, Italy
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2015

I suggest a short walk. From Piazza Dante, you can go into the Old City through Porta Soprana (also known as Porta di Sant'Andrea), walk along Via Di Ravecca, cross Piazza Sarzano (where you can see an old pit with the stony head of "Giano Bifronte", an ancient symbol of Genoa), and climb the hill of Castello. On the top... More 

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Nice, France
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24 attraction reviews
46 helpful votes 46 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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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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18 helpful votes 18 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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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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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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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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27 reviews 27 reviews
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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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