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Address: Piazza di Santa Maria Maggiore 42, 00185 Rome, Italy
Phone Number: +39 06 6988 6800
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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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Best church to visit after Saint Peter

This church is beautiful and very worth the visit. Less known than it's big brother Saint Peter Cathedral, it has beautiful paintings and sculptures. The highlight are the remains... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago
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Lisbon, Portugal
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This church is beautiful and very worth the visit. Less known than it's big brother Saint Peter Cathedral, it has beautiful paintings and sculptures. The highlight are the remains of Jesus manger. Do not miss it, it is also free like St Peter.

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San Diego, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

First, you have to go through security. Then, walk into Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore, Papal major basilica and largest Catholic Marian church in Rome, you are WOW'D. Beautiful! Amazing! Under the high altar is a Crypt of the Nativity or Bethlehem Crypt. At the altar is a crystal reliquary designed by Giuseppe Valadier said to contain wood from the... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

I haven seen inside many churches in Rome, I decided to visit that one and it was a good idea. Very beautiful, well kept church, free of charge.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

There is security line, so go early before the waiting gets too long. This is second most important after St. Peter

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Two orthodox icons and candles are waiting an orthodox prayer! A must see while in Trastevere and nice pizza in the opposite restaurant!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Beautiful church, lots of visitors but still a silent place to enjoy. Wonderful ceiling and floor. Close to central station and easy to reach. Take your time, sit and come down for a while, it's a really wonderful place

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

As we entered the basilica we were asked if we wanted to do the "backstairs" tour for 5 euros each. Take it! It lasts 30 mins and you go up to the balcony to see the mosaic and into the accommodation section to see the floating staircase designed by Bernini. Best 5 euros of the holiday!

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

The entry to the church is free, although you need to go through a security check point. It is preferable to go in the morning as it gets really crowded in the afternoon. The church is big. You can easily spend 1-2 hrs here.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

A very special place. Very busy but you can take moments of privacy. Exquisite art work and treasures. Great opportunity to immerse yourself in Catholic Church history.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

We were initially planning to only attend one mass, but we ended up attending 2 back to back. The first was held in a smaller chapel (I think its the Paolina chapel) and the second was in italian in the main hall. There are so many artworks and sculptures in the church that it is difficult finding a place to... More 

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