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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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Most Helpful Positive Review
Reviewed 3 July 2005

Most people skip this wonderful church ..yes it is out of the way but it is as beautiful as St Peters but not as big with a lot less crowds!!! It was awesome and there is a supermarket across the street. Take any bus up...More

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Most Helpful Critical Review
Reviewed 26 October 2013

Climbing the hill and a notice on the fence:"closed 14:00 open 16:00".How this can happen in a city of tourism and religion? This church is one of the most advised in our book but became a real dissapointment......

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Reviewed today via mobile

One can feel the precense , the energy is really high in this church , don’t forget to sit down and enjoy the church , light some candles and walk sting take some pics .. it’s a beautiful church

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Reviewed today

Superb 13th century mosaics, magnificent marble work, lavish Renaissance coffered ceiling, Baroque domes and chapels, beautiful Gothic tomb room. Absolutely awe inspiring.

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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

With so much to see in Rome we happened to pass this Church and decided to go in. On the way in the guide offered us a tour of the Balcony for €10. We agreed to do the tour but popped into the church before...More

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Reviewed yesterday

Awe inspiring - decoration takes your breath away. Just to sit for 10 minutes and soak in the atmosphere is amazing.

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Reviewed yesterday

If you can see them. Go on a sunny day. Even though this is one of the four papal churches, and one of the very oldest of the Roman basilicas, it doesn't see as many visitors as St. Peters or even St. John's. The mosaics...More

Thank MarkSherouse
Reviewed 2 days ago

The Basilica was amazing, and far away from central Rome. We were able to enjoy the church without any crowds of people.

Thank Charlene D
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Location is very strategic. It is very close to Rome terminal train station. The basilica is a master piece. You can walk speechless because of great art and great paintings.

Thank D9165SCmohammada
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

One of the most beautiful Churches I visited and that also free...For visiting the Museum you have to pay.. Great artwork on the walls and ceilings..

Thank sanjeev1968
Reviewed 4 days ago

Fascinating church that is on Vatican owned land. We were given a guided tour of the Roman remains of a villa beneath the church. Recommended.

Thank AndrewLinden
Reviewed 4 days ago

This church, and every other church in Rome City Centre, is an architectural feast and should be visited by all tourists regardless of religious persuasion. Even insignificant-looking dusty exteriors hide the most breathtakingly beautiful artwork on walls, ceilings, altars, pulpits etc not to mention the...More

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Dee L
4 November 2018|
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Response from espaie | Reviewed this property |
it's a free experience, like the entrance into other basilicas in Rome
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29 October 2018|
Response from Kaz97 | Reviewed this property |
It can be confusing coming out of Termini as to which way to go. If you are going in the daylight you will be joined by 100s of other people on the streets of Rome so will be safe. We spent time on Google maps first to plan... More
13 September 2018|
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Response from TravelBuddy80 | Reviewed this property |
Not far from the train and not as crowd as other places.
15 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.