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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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Small, simple church, but big in character.

I read about this church in some travel review, and armed with a trusty "Genova City Map", we set off to find it. We walked and walked, around in circles, up steps, down numerous... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed December 29, 2015
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Queensland, Australia

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Queensland, Australia
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112 reviews
55 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 66 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2015

I read about this church in some travel review, and armed with a trusty "Genova City Map", we set off to find it. We walked and walked, around in circles, up steps, down numerous alleyways, but we finally found it, tucked in a little corner surrounded by apartment blocks. From the outside it is nothing spectacular, and even inside it... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2015

A very interesting visit of a beautiful building. We can feel the history passing through this fabulous basilica.

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Long Beach California
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5 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2015

Beautiful architecture, free to enter and lots of info inside... although i only saw Italian. Helpful staff

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Boston, Massachusetts
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12 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2015

This is a beautiful medieval church with monastery and multiple cloisters. There are wonderful frescoes and works of art in it. We had a fascinating free tour led by a volunteer.

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norfolk
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2015

This former Dominican monastery is definitely worth a visit. there are wonderful things to see and a guided tour to take you round. We spent an excellent 90 minutes there.

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London
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72 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
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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Texas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 446 helpful votes
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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 67 helpful votes
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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Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 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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