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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
7:00 am - 7:00 pm
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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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Very beautiful church and even more beautiful at night when lit up against the night sky. Amazing ice cream store nearby. A nice area

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Epsom, United Kingdom
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Epsom, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Very beautiful church and even more beautiful at night when lit up against the night sky. Amazing ice cream store nearby. A nice area

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Napoleon, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We had to go through a security check before entering the church, and we were happy to do so given the state of our world. The procession of priests and clergy sang as they entered, and the acoustics are phenomenal! The way they handled communion with such a large crowd went very quickly. A really memorable part of my European... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Very clean and I love the church so beautiful. I love the ceilings and some of the walls painting. I love the how rhe church made and where it's located

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Sanford, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

This basilica is beautiful inside and out. We were fortunate enough to be able to attend Mass for the Festival of the Snow. After the Dedication of Saint Mary of the Snow, music begins to play and white flower petals begin falling from the ceiling to commemorate the snow that fell on Aug 5 in the latter part of the... More 

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Memphis, Tennessee
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

This is a beautiful Church, a holy place with lots of art to appreciate. It is a nice place to sit down and spend some time in the presence of God. I truly loved it.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Very interesting baroque church with a very graceful stepped bell tower set off to one side of the roof. The major attractions inside are the gilded ceiling with square panels, the 5th-century mosaics just below the windows, visible by binoculars, beautiful floor, Cappella Sistine, reliquary of the Holy crib. Near the altar, is a simple marble tomb marking where Bernini... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

A lovely church,a lot of times left off the sightseeing list.Worth a visit.Take a scarf to cover your arms.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

This Basilica is stunning. Filled with Grandeur and is an amazing display of architecture. If you are religious then this will be a deeply spiritual spot, however no matter what your belief is you will enjoy it! I would suggest that you visit this Basilica as a part of a full day of sightseeing and at least have one other... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Not many talk about this amazing place, but its truly magical inside. I kept looking at the ceiling until my neck started to hurt. The paintings, statues, etc were really unique and beautiful.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

This church is amazing... When you get inside, you remain speechless. The church is huge and amazing. Like in the Vatican... I recommend to visit it and say a prayer here. You will feel that you are closer to God than ever.

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