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Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore

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Address: Piazza di Santa Maria Maggiore 42, 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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so much beautiful history. We really enjoyed the architecture.

This was a very beautiful historic place to visit. We really loved it. I could have done without it though and still been okay...but if you have the time, its pretty cool.

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San Antonio, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

This was a very beautiful historic place to visit. We really loved it. I could have done without it though and still been okay...but if you have the time, its pretty cool.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This beautiful church has to be seen to believe. You really must visit here if you are in Rome for any reason. Was glad to see the security outside, but the line didn't take lomg to clear. Do visit!!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

In the Termini area I came across this Basilica which was absolutely beautiful inside. You are searched on the way in but it is done efficiently. Rather surprisingly there were no queues. It is much smaller than St Peters but very grand inside. Well worth a visit and the entrance is free just a request for a donation.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Stunning beauty! This basilica is worth a stop. It has beautiful marble features, mosaics, and frescos. You have to go through a security check but it is quick and the lines never seem very long. The building is huge so it does not seem crowded.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Having been to various other basilicas in Rome I have to say that this was my favourite by far. Beautiful and with a wonderful atmosphere. Plenty of places to sit and reflect. Be sure to visit the area beneath the altar...very unusual and beautiful. Well worth a visit.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

This is one of the largest churches in Rome, with magnificent mosaics over the front triumphal arch and nave and the famous blessed Virgin Mary image which is the protectress of Roman people. These mosaics are truly amazing considering their age. Also, view the mosaics along the sides of the basilica recounting various old testament stories. This is an internationally... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

There are many beautiful churches in Rome, all of which are unique and worth the visit. This was definitely one of the most impressive by scale alone.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

An unexpected visit turned out to be one of the highlights of our trip. Great artwork inside plus a museum in the basement. We also booked a tour of the archaeological site beneath the church. This is the remnants of a large house that the church is built on. The church was built in the fifth century, and the house... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

This is a magnificent basilica. If you are near the train station and have some time to kill, you might want to go here. It's a quiet respite from the busy via Cavour and the inside is stunning. There is a small museum which is somewhat interesting and there is a staircase by Bernini which we would have liked to... More 

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First saw this beautiful building while on the open top bus your. Easy to find on foot. About 15 minutes walk from the colosseum. Small que to get in.

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