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Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore

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Address: Piazza di Santa Maria Maggiore, 00185 Rome, Italy
Phone Number: +39 06 698 86800
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One of seven pilgrimage basilicas in the world, this church was founded in...

One of seven pilgrimage basilicas in the world, this church was founded in 432 AD and is where the famous architect Bernini is buried.

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One of Rome's 4 Major Basilicas

As one of Rome's 4 Major Basilicas, this, Santa Maria Maggiore is also the smallest of them and probably the second most visited, after St. Peters. You really should not miss... read more

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

As one of Rome's 4 Major Basilicas, this, Santa Maria Maggiore is also the smallest of them and probably the second most visited, after St. Peters. You really should not miss visiting Maria Maggiore as you will find it not only majestic but also very peaceful as well. Oh, and also it is so so close to many other attractions/sites... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

It is always a treasure to be able to visit the Basilica and I wish be able to visit it now during the Year of Mercy to be able to see the Holy Doors opened.

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Naperville, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

The gorgeous church can't be missed! I wish that we would have brought binoculars to decipher the mosaics that were overhead. Everything, including the flooring, was stunning. It takes lots of time to see all the statues and the décor. Very ornate.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Worth having a visit to check it out if in the neighbourhood. Of course you have to go through the now customary "strip" and search and scan at the entrance that is apparent everywhere nowadays but entrance is free. Largest papal church in Rome, it is owned by the Vatican and is effectively Vatican state territory.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We happened across this while en route to the colosseum, another beautiful piece of architecture, unfortunately didn't have time to go inside

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

After going to so many churches and just stumbling onto this one it was a very nice surprise. If you don't really want to go to the Basilica in Vaticano and would like to get a sneak peak of it, this is the place to go. I found it very similar in some ways. Worth giving it a look, specially... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Free entry and worth a visit to see a splendid edifice. Not as crowded as some of the sites but still quite popular with visitors.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

It was a really amazing experience, needs to visited by tourist coming to Rome. The work of art and paintings and attention to details are amazing. Words cannot adequately express.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Always vist this basilica, although a major basilica it retains a friendly parish setting with lots of locals calling in to pray and light candles. confession always available. lots of little chapels for individual prayers and private masses and of course as a shrine to our lady it is looked after by the greatest of marian orders the friars of... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

In my opinion you have to go to St. Peter in Chains 1st, then to Santa Maria Maggiore and then to St. Peter. I believe that Santa Maria Maggiore is the 2nd best papal basilica.

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