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Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore

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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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Piazza di Santa Maria Maggiore 42, 00185 Rome, Italy
+39 06 6988 6800
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Reviewed yesterday

This church is beautiful. The architecture is unbelievable and to know that a piece of Jesus' crib is on display was spiritual. This is a must-see.

Thank Leelee901
Reviewed yesterday

It is so easy in Rome to get "churched out" since there are almost 1,000 churches in Rome (including the Vatican of course). The Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore will never be forgotten. Its light gilded interior extolls the glories envisioned by the Christians of...More

Thank theboyze
Reviewed yesterday

Well worth a visit. This church is beautiful. There is a queue to gain admission but as it’s free to enter, it's worth waiting for.

Thank Isobel B
Reviewed yesterday

A fine place to visit if baroque architecture is your pleasure. Security measures mean queuing and putting bags etc through airport style security. Free entry

Thank 202beryld
Reviewed 2 days ago

It was a very nice set of buildings with a huge history behind. The place is very crowded and I guess there are some methods you can use to skip the line or to be in a shorter line such as online ticket booking or...More

Thank ThiBRtravel
Reviewed 2 days ago

A short walk from Termini station, this Basilica is stunning inside. For fans of Bernini his tomb is here but you will have to search to find it.

Thank ErikaManchesterUK
Reviewed 2 days ago

A must if you choose any church visit. Sit and take in all the beautiful surroundings in a quiet, cool atmosphere.

Thank Kaz97
Reviewed 2 days ago

This was our first 'wow' moment as we travelled from the airport to our hotel. Simply stunning when lit up at night. The church is extremely beautiful inside too. We visited early evening and were fortunate to be their for an orchestral recital. Like all...More

Thank Julie F
Reviewed 2 days ago

Very interesting. A must see when in Rome. If those walls could talk. Remember to look up at the ceilings in all the churches.

Thank dgm792
Reviewed 2 days ago

One of the key sites in Rome for the religious traveler. Free. There is a quick screening station. Beautiful art and architecture for those traveling for culture as well. There are many, many side alters as well so you could spend a minimum of 30...More

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14 September 2018|
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Response from TravelBuddy80 | Reviewed this property |
Not far from the train and not as crowd as other places.
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.
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.