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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.
  • Excellent72%
  • Very good23%
  • Average3%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“beautiful church” (502 reviews)
“virgin mary” (89 reviews)
“side chapels” (80 reviews)
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Piazza di Santa Maria Maggiore 42, 00185 Rome, Italy
Piazza di Santa Maria Maggiore 42, 00185 Rome, Italy
+39 06 6988 6800
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Second nicest church after the St Peters basilica in Rome. Would highly recommend to visit. Great achitecture.

Thank Zivile V
Reviewed 2 days ago

One of the largest Basilica in Rome , its a must visit place , where one can witness the Paleo Roman architecture, with height rise ceiling built with intrinsic art works , statues and monolithic columns of marbles and granite , the basilica it self...More

Thank Ashwathram r
Reviewed 2 days ago

we came across this while having a stroll, we went through security gates and entered. inside what a beautiful church! fairly busy at 5pm but plenty of space to move around. wonderful ceiling we also visited the small museum out the back for a few...More

Thank jennyirwin
Reviewed 2 days ago

The place is not very large, but impressive, The statues are amazing, and the ceiling gives you the feeling of being a small thing against God / creation / nature / whatever you believe in.

Thank Ganit_w
Reviewed 4 days ago

What a mix of styles! Of all the great Roman basilicas, Santa Maria enjoys the most successful blend of different architectural styles. Its colonnaded triple nave is part of the original 5th century building. The marble floor and Romanesque bell tower, with its blue ceramic...More

1  Thank Mike K
Reviewed 5 days ago

We came upon this gem by accident having "finished" our sightseeing for the day. Went in and was immediately overwhelmed by the beauty. From the music to the paintings to the overall awe inspiring feel just brilliant. I can honestly say that this was the...More

Thank GillZAl
Reviewed 5 days ago

I revisited this church this year on January 1st and was surprised to find they had closed off the entrance with a airport style bag screening! Not sure if this is on going or if that was something just for that day. Did cause a...More

Thank sunshineishappiness
Reviewed 1 week ago

It's located near the front of the main Termini station. Admission is free. Worth a look if you are passing by.

1  Thank DAJA2
Reviewed 1 week ago

Amazing architecture, religious art. This is a "do not miss" sight to see in Rome. You can visit on your own, or better yet join a tour to get all the history of this beautiful basilica !

Thank 2potatas
Reviewed 1 week ago

This is the most Beautiful church buildings i have ever seen. The art work of this place is breathtaking I will never forget my visit here. It is a must see.

Thank Alison B
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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.