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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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A lovel and Imposing Cathedral and would liked to have seen the inside of it

We didn't go inside as we were there as part of an excursion from our ship and the tour guide took us around the place. Unfortunately they have a siesta in the afternoon so have... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 21, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2015

We didn't go inside as we were there as part of an excursion from our ship and the tour guide took us around the place. Unfortunately they have a siesta in the afternoon so have a service from 1100 to 1200 midday before retiring for their siesta so we took the opportunity to visit the market and town surrounding the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2015

We walked from the port to old town, then up a slight hill on narrow streets to the church. Surprised that we were the only ones in the church besides one caretaker. So we were lucky as he had the time to give us a guided tour. He had a large ring of keys to unlock the doors as we... More 

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London
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

A really exceptional and peaceful church with stunning ceiling and wall paintings a place to visit without hesitation. I enjoyed this church much more than most I have visited around my European travels

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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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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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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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