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Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore

Piazza di Santa Maria Maggiore 42, 00185 Rome, Italy
+39 06 6988 6800
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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.
  • Excellent73%
  • Very good22%
  • Average3%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“beautiful church” (538 reviews)
“virgin mary” (92 reviews)
“side chapels” (87 reviews)
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Piazza di Santa Maria Maggiore 42, 00185 Rome, Italy
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Reviewed yesterday

Just two blocks from the hotel, this church stands on the ground of Diocletian Bath, initial design was done by Michelangelo and the church has a sundial line (on the church floor) that is used to determine when Easter is.

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Reviewed yesterday

We were on a march across the City and our route took us through the area where this was situated and not being aware of the church beforehand were amazed by it's beauty. Our previous visit to Rome 5 years ago we had managed to...More

Thank Ray P
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Reviewed 2 days ago

There are many beautiful churches in Rome, but this one has to be in the top 3 or 4. Don’t miss it! There were not many people there on the day we visited. It is a very sacred place.

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Reviewed 2 days ago

It was free to enter, which is always a bonus. Busy but enough room to get around and admire the architecture. Well worth a visit

Thank S R
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Reviewed 3 days ago

This was our first stop on our honeymoon trip. The Basilica is stunning! Below the altar, the manger of the infant Jesus is available for veneration. We stopped here before going to our hotel and we were permitted to bring in our luggage.

Thank MeganMV
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Reviewed 4 days ago

After many visits to Rome and passing by we finally had the opportunity to visit the Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore. First step is to pass through security screening with armed guards, don't be put off by the queue as it moves fairly quickly. This...More

Thank kpiddy
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Reviewed 4 days ago

Well worth seeing, as part of the hop on hop off bus tour we did around Rome, busses are frequent every 10 minuets.

Thank Tim M
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Reviewed 5 days ago

Stunning. The inside is beautiful. Everywhere you look you see artwork that is stunning. This Basilica is second in size to St. Peter’s.

Thank Brownstone76
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Reviewed 5 days ago

Beautiful and meaningful. This is a significant site to see. Take your time to tour the church and to sit in this magnificent place of worship

Thank Patricia P
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Reviewed 6 days ago

I arrived on the 5th of August and was simply going to peruse but ended up staying to see the full mass in celebration of the snows which culminates with thousands of white rose petals dropping from the ceiling

Thank Stuart M
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architecttravel
16 August 2018|
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Response from Maree S | Reviewed this property |
We visited in the afternoon. There was a security check point but no cost.
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jancorcoran21
20 June 2018|
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Response from Amyeds | Reviewed this property |
Hi, We just walked in, we did not take a tour and it’s free to go in.
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Barbara L
17 September 2017|
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Response from Justine V | Reviewed this property |
When I was there, I recall seeing a sign saying "aperta tutti i giorni", which means "open every day." So I would guess that it's open on the 1st of May. That sign, as I remember, also gave the hours the Basilica is open... More
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