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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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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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Beautiful Church

Paid for a guided tour of the original Popes's apartments which was made more interesting with a guide. The Berllini Staircase was a highlight for us which had seen in... read more

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Ottawa
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130 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
Reviewed yesterday NEW

Paid for a guided tour of the original Popes's apartments which was made more interesting with a guide. The Berllini Staircase was a highlight for us which had seen in documentaries!

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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed yesterday NEW

You cannot visit Rome and miss out on a visit to the Basilica. Leave yourself plenty of time as there is so much to take in,one of them being how did they ever manage to build something so magnificent! Even though it is vast it still retains a certain amount of intimacy within the different areas.

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Montevideo, Uruguay
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Lot of history in Santa Maria Maggiore. It was easy to enter despite the x ray machines. Everything went smooth. Golden roof was done with the gold that Columbus gave to queen Elizabeth of Spain. She donated the gold for this church. The mosaics are very nice. A must in Rome!

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Somerset, New Jersey
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

The mosaics - particularly the floor of the nave - are stunningly beautiful. If you are in the Vatican area (although this basilica is technically just outside it) it is well worth a visit.

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
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a marvel of construction is a must see !!! it gives you a feeling of peace and thankfulness. once again, a must see

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Manteca, California
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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

This Basilica boasts of having pieces of the actual baby Jesus Manger......it is uncomprehendible to actually see it....You enter the Basilica after going through (airport like security procedures)....but once in.....relax in the beauty of God's Presence......

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

A fantastic place to visit, whether to get out of the heat, away from the crowds or to admire the beauty of this richly decorated building. The entrance to the location is free but tickets to short guided tour to see mosaics upstairs that are otherwise not available for view can be purchased from a small desk upfront.

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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

One of the first major Basilicas built in honour of the Virgin Mary. It is massive and most impressive that words cannot express it's magnificence. Under the high altar of the Basilica is the Crypt of the Nativity with a crystal reliquary. It is said to contain wood from the Holy Crib of the nativity of Jesus Christ; the magnificent... More 

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This is a unique experience in that this church has not been touched since it's inception. Gorgeous and moving experience to visit here

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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Worth a visit during the day, and again after dark. After dark the alcoves above the main entrance are lit, and the beautiful mosaics can be clearly seen. Go inside and have a look - particularly at the beautiful baldicino.

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