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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.
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  • Very good23%
  • Average3%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“beautiful church” (485 reviews)
“virgin mary” (83 reviews)
“side chapels” (79 reviews)
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Piazza di Santa Maria Maggiore 42, 00185 Rome, Italy
+39 06 6988 6800
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

The altar will take your breath away, so much grandeur. You must visit this cathedral when you are in Rome.

Thank Cecilia B
Reviewed 2 days ago

Part of sightseeing in rome is to pay a visit to the basilica. Its an enjoyable walk around the church that should not be missed.

Thank Faisal N A
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

This was a very beautiful Church to go to with a lot of unique history. Definitely get a guide so you know what you are looking at

Thank lolo c
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

I was speechless as I entered its doors. What incredible beauty and art. It is worth the visit to see.

Thank Dawn W
Reviewed 3 days ago

Cozy and beautiful church full oif mediveal history. It ius not too crowded by tourists so you can really spend some relaxing time here in silence. Highly recommended!

Thank Ispe111
Reviewed 4 days ago

One of five ancient Basilicas of Rome. One of many churches in Rome dedicated to St. Mary and this is one of the largest. The exterior and interior has been renovated extensively since the 18th century. You would really need a guide book to explore...More

Thank Della G
Reviewed 4 days ago

Fantastic decoration and handmade mosaics. I love to discover the architectural treasures of each country but in Rome in Italy you will finds so many churches basilicas and many more places to discover.

Thank Sanjar M
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

This church is very special. The line for us was about 20 minutes but once inside you see why. We did a daily mass in a side chapel and word to the wise, don’t enter a side chapel to snap photos when a mass is...More

Thank Nate C
Reviewed 4 days ago

We had the opportunity to attend a Papal Mass here and the setting is impressive. The icons and mosaics are over the top.

Thank JohntheLast
Reviewed 4 days ago

An important church. Taking a tourism rather than religuous look see at this church then would suggest the Benini sculpture of Mother Mary and infant Jesus (on left hand wall when walking toward altar) is a masterpiece of unparalleled beauty. The altar is spectacular and...More

Thank Ozzie2001
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Barbara L
17 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
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
24 June 2017|
Response from BetsyPerth_Australia | Reviewed this property |
You need to come when the mass is on. I heard it once in St Peter basilica a few days ago in one of the chapel.