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Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore Baptistry

Piazza Vecchia, Bergamo, Italy
035-223-327
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Ranked #1 of 74 Attractions in Bergamo
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Religious Sites, Historic Sites
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Warsaw, Poland
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234 reviews 234 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

You'll be overwhelmed by the beauty of the paintings and frescoes on the ceilings and the dome of this 12th century basilica. But also do not miss a fantastic confessional and do not forget to take a walk around the basilica's walls - starting from the red lions - to check all the entrances (there are 4 of them) and... More

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

A local took us here and we were captivated by its interior - the influence of the venetians on the decor was evident and magnificent in its detail.

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Vilnius, Lithuania
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12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

It is an example of luxury in Catholic churches - there is no more space anywhere for anything else. However, it has a great aura and I enjoyed relaxing there for a while.

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Dublin, Ireland
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118 attraction reviews
150 helpful votes 150 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014

Before to look at the ceiling I thought it was a beautiful church like many others in Italy, then I gave a glance to what was above my head and, my jaw dropped.

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London, United Kingdom
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28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014

Speachless!!!!!! Just raise your head and looking at te ceiling and at the tapestry on the walls you will forgrt time & place....

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014

We wandered into the Basilica Di Santa Maggiore in Bergamo without really expecting much, and were blown away. It's one of the most ornate churches we have ever seen, with frescos by Tiepolo. Really worth a look.

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Helsinki
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33 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2014

Stunning experience, makes other churches look tiny....Well worth a visit. Churches can be found all around the old city

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west yorkshire
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

No words can describe this Baptistry,its wonderful!Infact the whole of the Citta Alto is just amazing.Take the funicular up to old town and explore,it is a real step back in time at every corner you will discover a new sight and the distant views of the hills and the Alps.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2014

This basilica is decorated in an overwhelming baroque style. Be prepared to spend some time with your head tilted upward to admire the incredible work of the artists who created such a complicated artwork. The amount of decoration present on walls, ceilings, arches and cupola is more than you can imagine. There are huge arazzis on the walls, and figures... More

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Brescia, Italy
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2014

Sometimes you find yourself skipping on going inside the churches- or maybe you don't....but this is one to be sure and see while you are in Bergamo Alta. The attention to detail and colors you will see in this church make it unique. There are beautiful paintings on the walls as well.

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