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Address: Piazza di Santa Maria Maggiore 42, 00185 Rome, Italy
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+39 06 6988 6800
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07:00 - 19:00
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Sun - Sat 07:00 - 19:00
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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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Santa Maria maggiore

The basilica is a must see. It is close to termini station and in a shopping area. There are plenty of eating places around it also. Easily located. The history of the building... read more

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The basilica is a must see. It is close to termini station and in a shopping area. There are plenty of eating places around it also. Easily located. The history of the building is interesting

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

A surprise on the inside, as the exterior is much plainer than some other edifices. Again lots of tombs of well known historical figures

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Stunning Basilica though we arrived there late, we still had plenty of time to admire the fantastic art on the ceiling. We had to pay €3.00 entrance fee, and very much worth paying for.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

another incredible church among a lot in rome.. the entrance to the main building is free, but you can pay 5 euros in order to have a guided access to otherwise locked rooms

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Unbelievable art and statues. Each church is different but yet so majestic. It is so hard to fathom the time to create these churches. It is a holy place

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

This is a large early Christian basilica and one of the seven major basilicas in Rome. It is also within the city walls near the main train station, Termini. The first thing to strike the visitor is its impressive size! It has a huge long nave with side chapels set along the aisles. There are early mosaics along the nave... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

This is usually the first or second stop when you start the hop on hop off tours. There is a gift shop that has many beads, calendars, postcards and other religious gifts across the street. This is when locals meet for coffee or some shopping. The Basilica is very beautiful you can go inside if you queue up but queues... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

I attended Mass in this beautiful setting on Christmas Day, a strange experience with all the tourists milling around staring at you.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

A real visual treat and very atmospheric. Did not expect it to be quite so impactful. Really enjoyed it

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I actually enjoyed visiting here as much , if not more than St. Peter's because it was just as lovely but much more accessible. It is worth the time to find it as the many posted photos suggest. Keep in mind church open hours vary. many close at our normal lunchtime and open again later in the afternoon.

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