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Basilica of Santa Maria di Castello

Salita di Santa Maria di Castello 15 | Molo, Genoa, Italy
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Ranked #3 of 147 Attractions in Genoa
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Museums, Religious Sites
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Roswell, Georgia
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122 reviews 122 reviews
17 attraction reviews
37 helpful votes 37 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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19 reviews 19 reviews
10 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 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
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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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34 reviews 34 reviews
21 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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13 reviews 13 reviews
4 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 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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114 reviews 114 reviews
29 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 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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55 reviews 55 reviews
9 attraction reviews
84 helpful votes 84 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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25 reviews 25 reviews
5 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 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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36 reviews 36 reviews
8 attraction reviews
36 helpful votes 36 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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