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Address: Piazza di Santa Maria Maggiore 42, 00185 Rome, Italy
Phone Number: +39 06 6988 6800
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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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Beautiful Church

Unfortunately, there is a security check with metal detection at the entrance and armed guards outside. This is probably necessary but one should be prepared to empty pockets... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed yesterday
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Herndon, Va
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Unfortunately, there is a security check with metal detection at the entrance and armed guards outside. This is probably necessary but one should be prepared to empty pockets, get bags examined, etc.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Such a beautiful church. Initially we weren't going to visit but so glad we did. So much to see inside and the main alter is stunning!

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

By the time we saw this church, we had already seen a lot of them and came to the conclusion you could walk into almost any church and be blown away. This one followed that trend. Beautiful art, dome and a really cool ceiling in terms of the patterns. This would be in my top 5 of the churches you... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

This church is beautiful and very worth the visit. Less known than it's big brother Saint Peter Cathedral, it has beautiful paintings and sculptures. The highlight are the remains of Jesus manger. Do not miss it, it is also free like St Peter.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

First, you have to go through security. Then, walk into Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore, Papal major basilica and largest Catholic Marian church in Rome, you are WOW'D. Beautiful! Amazing! Under the high altar is a Crypt of the Nativity or Bethlehem Crypt. At the altar is a crystal reliquary designed by Giuseppe Valadier said to contain wood from the... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

I haven seen inside many churches in Rome, I decided to visit that one and it was a good idea. Very beautiful, well kept church, free of charge.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

There is security line, so go early before the waiting gets too long. This is second most important after St. Peter

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Two orthodox icons and candles are waiting an orthodox prayer! A must see while in Trastevere and nice pizza in the opposite restaurant!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Beautiful church, lots of visitors but still a silent place to enjoy. Wonderful ceiling and floor. Close to central station and easy to reach. Take your time, sit and come down for a while, it's a really wonderful place

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

As we entered the basilica we were asked if we wanted to do the "backstairs" tour for 5 euros each. Take it! It lasts 30 mins and you go up to the balcony to see the mosaic and into the accommodation section to see the floating staircase designed by Bernini. Best 5 euros of the holiday!

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