Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore

Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore, Rome

Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore

Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore
4.5
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7:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Monday
7:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Tuesday
7:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Wednesday
7:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Thursday
7:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Friday
7:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Saturday
7:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Sunday
7:00 AM - 7:00 PM
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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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Neighborhood: Centro
How to get there
  • Termini • 6 min walk
  • Vittorio Emanuele • 7 min walk
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Victoria L
Kansas City, MO319 contributions
This is a stunning basilica with a short security wait before entering. All the chapels are full of art, you are able to purchase masses for loved ones written in a beautiful velum card and mass is offered on the hour in differing chapels . It was over 100 degrees outside but peace and tranquility reigned inside, our mass was well attended for 11am with organ music. Confessions are offered in multiple languages and all the brothers and staff we interacted with were warm and friendly. Outside they have cold bottled water for a euro and a cold frozen treat named after a miracle. A beautiful way to start your day.
Written August 11, 2022
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andy s
Cleethorpes, UK93 contributions
We bought omnion tickets and thought we could "skip the Queue"! No chance. Everybody is in a very long queue to get in and it is swelteringly hot. There are free water refills, if you have a container. Also, when we enquired about the tour nobody mentioned the fact that shoulders/arms must be covered up. There are street sellers selling thin scarf type coverings which most women are forced to buy if they want to gain access. once inside the decor is, as you might expect, fabulous. We went there on the open toop bus tour, which was difficult to find but we eventually found the boarding points and used a three day pass to good effect.
Written August 7, 2022
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daniel
Mexico City, Mexico35 contributions
The legend is saying, The Maria Maggiore Basilica was built in the 4th century A.D., on the place marked by Virgin Mary, who appared in dreams of the believer (who was praying and asking her about place he wish to build a church in her name), and at the same time she appeared in the Pope's dreams with instructions the church has to be built on the place marked with snow. In the same night, the unusual snow in the middle of August, marked a place on Esquilino Rome hill, and both, believer and Pope, knows imidiately where the church has to be built. At the same night, on the hill marked with snow, the lines for church were made, and by those given instructions, the Maria Maggiore Basilica was constructed in next years. Through years the Basilica was many times reconstructed (otherwise finally completed in year 1743) till nowdays shape, and is otherwise the first Basilica consecrated to Virgin Mary (in year 434 A. D. on 5th August by Pope Sixtus III.), right
The Basilica has a status as a Papal Major Basilica (one of the only four that exists), and is one of the Seven Great Pilgrim Churches of Rome (a Seven Church Walk tradition), which means the Basilica is very important and therefore must visit touristic att
Written January 21, 2021
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FarAway733593
10 contributions
The Basilica is a beautiful church. The paintings could take days to view, The alters made like no one does these days. Michelangelo work is there to view, It had monuments made for the Popes. Paintings to break your neck from looking up down and around. The size of the building is huge and its full of things to see. Worth the visit.
Written July 15, 2022
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RebeccaHTraveller
Crawley, UK115 contributions
We were staying just along the road from this Basilica and decided to visit it one afternoon after going to some of the busy tourist areas of the city. I can highly recommend it - there were no queues and we went straight in (you have to put your bag through a security scanner as you enter), lovely peaceful atmosphere and a great deal of beautiful artwork inside, to rival some of the more touristy attractions. It is also free to enter.
Written July 24, 2020
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Andythebaggie
Birmingham, UK2,262 contributions
Couples
This beautiful basilica dating from the 5th century is spectacularly decorated with fine art, I particularly enjoyed the Byzantine paintings. The building has been much added too over the centuries and the architecture is interesting, the campanile does look a bit out of sorts with its surroundings. As befits the burial place of several popes and a holy relic the surroundings are grand. It’s a working church too so it was busy on Sunday afternoon with several services going on in different chapels and priests in their boxes taking confessions. Entry is gratis too. Highly recommended.
Written April 25, 2022
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dapper777
Monaco32,185 contributions
Friends
We think this is our all time favorite church in Rome.
What to say...
One of the four basilicas of Rome.
It is the gateway to the Esquilino district, located on the side of the Monti district.
The ceiling, the altar, the bell tower, the mosaics ... it's all so UNIQUE.
One of the obligatory stops when we are in Rome for a prayer.
Always.
From orbiscatholicus. blogspot :
"The most important church in the city of Rome dedicated to Our Lady is the Basilica of Saint Mary Major, erected around the year 352, during the reign of Pope Liberius. (352-366) According to legend, a member of an aristocratic family, John and his wife were childless and prayed that the Blessed Mother might designate an heir to bequeath their wealth. They were favored with a dream in which Our Lady appeared to them on the night of August 4-5. She requested that they build a church in her honor on the Esquiline hill and the sign to accompany this dream is that the exact location would be marked out in snow.
During that hot summer evening, a miraculous snowfall traced the form of the basilica on the hill. Our Lady also appeared to Pope Liberius in a dream that same night so that he too could arrive at the location to see the miraculous snowfall. Many people gathered to see the unusual event of snow glistening in the August sun. Upon awakening, John and his wife rushed to the site and Pope Liberius arrived in solemn procession.

Realizing that the snow marked the exact location of the church, the people staked off the area before the snow melted. The basilica was completed within two years and consecrated by Pope Liberius; that is why it is sometimes referred to as the Basilica Liberiana, after the Pope who consecrated it.

The liturgical feast of the Dedication of the Basilica of St. Mary Major is celebrated each year on the fifth of August. On that day, a beautiful custom is kept each year in which a shower of white rose petals are dropped from the ceiling to commemorate the miraculous snowfall".

Not to be missed.
Written April 27, 2020
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Cary L
Ennis, Ireland226 contributions
One of the most important churches in Rome this Basilica is one of the largest and most beautiful churches in the city of Rome. The art work is incredible and leaves you in awe of what was built in the Glory of God. A must see if you are in Rome!!!
Written November 30, 2021
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David Hart
North Bennington, VT8 contributions
There are many beautiful churches in Rome. This is a very special place among special places. Situated in Trestevere the piazza out front with the large fountain sets the stage for the interior. The light that fills the space is unlike anything I've experienced. The cool of the interior, the hush compared to bustling Trestevere, and the long tapered candles that are often lit in memory of someone make this a special place.
Written May 24, 2022
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Derek B
Somerton, UK31 contributions
Although our visit was in late January the crowds were horrendous.
It was worse than being in the London underground rush hour on a busy Friday night. Couldn't actually stop to study or see anything. What it must be like in the height of the season I dread to think. I'm told by a resident of Rome the the ques to get in can be up to three hours.
Written February 5, 2020
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