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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” (548 reviews)
“virgin mary” (95 reviews)
“side chapels” (90 reviews)
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Piazza di Santa Maria Maggiore 42, 00185 Rome, Italy
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"beautiful church"
in 548 reviews
"virgin mary"
in 95 reviews
"side chapels"
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"worth a visit"
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"termini station"
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"st peters"
in 68 reviews
"free entry"
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"awe inspiring"
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"ceiling"
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"mosaics"
in 404 reviews
"crib"
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Reviewed today

Beautiful..Well worth taking the time to visit... We were there early in the day so it wasn't that crowded...

Thank Larry K
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Reviewed yesterday

Gorgeous church really large on the outside but peaceful and had lovely ceiling. Also a marble statue of a pope praying. Great place to see.

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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Definitely worth a visit. The church is free to enter, and all the gold on the ceilings is awe inspiring. Although the Vatican has scale, this church has extravagance. Definitely worth a visit!

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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

This basilica is one of the 4 Basilica Majors on the planet. St Peter's Basilica being the most famous Basilica Major. This would be the second most famous Basilica Major. What that means is these basilica's are designated Vatican grounds e eh though they are...More

Thank d d
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Reviewed 2 days ago

Italy has many beautiful churches all over the country. This one is well preserved and gorgeous. Take time to soak all in... what those Romans were praying for... Amazing to see those decorations that took time and money to construct this. It is not far...More

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Reviewed 2 days ago

Not visiting this when you are in Rome is not an option! Once you enter you are thrown by the majesty of such a building. It is awe inspiring and if you do or do not believe in god you will certainly appreciate the people...More

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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

It is truly amazing this church they built on Roman bath ruins. The interior is beautiful even if you are not religious, the art and sculptures are magnificent. One of my favorite things about this church was the solitude on a very warm busy day...More

Thank AMVTX92
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Reviewed 3 days ago

As with all churches in rome it's free to get into and once inside its even better than the outside!

Thank Howard J
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

From the Termini train station walk West several blocks on Via Cavour until you see the Basilica Santa Maria Maggiore. You can’t miss it as the exterior is particularly impressive from Via Cavour. Enter from the opposite side. Free. 7am-7pm. The basilica features an intricate...More

Thank Marsviolet
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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Grand and majestic A real gold carved ceilibg One of the four major church/ basilica Really grand worth a vist

Thank 2014marie2014
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jancorcoran21
19 June 2018|
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Response from Patty A | Reviewed this property |
We got there about 9:30 and they told us there was going to be an English speaking tour at 10, I think it was 5E each, but might have been 10E. They took us to some of the rooms and to the mosaics, and the Bernini... More
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Barbara L
16 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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TheWanderersClub
7 July 2017|
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Response from gpoppa2017 | Reviewed this property |
No tickets required. Usually, there are no lines, very relaxing to visit
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