Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore

Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore

Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore
4.5
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7:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Monday
7:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Tuesday
7:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Wednesday
7:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Thursday
7:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Friday
7:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Saturday
7:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Sunday
7:00 AM - 7:00 PM
About
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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Address
Neighbourhood: Centro
How to get there
  • Termini • 6 min walk
  • Vittorio Emanuele • 7 min walk
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  • Claude M
    Vence, France934 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful mosaics and ceilings
    Magnificent basilica. This church is unique because of its mosaic and papal altar. The sacred door, opened only once per year is also incredible. Take the time to explore this well worth visiting church. Ceilings are also worth a look
    Visited February 2023
    Written 28 February 2023
  • cheshire3131
    Runcorn, United Kingdom608 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A beautiful basilica
    Our hotel was close to the basilica and we visited on the first day. We went on a Sunday afternoon we didn't expect it to open and it was. It was free to enter and once inside it was spectacular. One of best places to visit in Rome.
    Visited March 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 17 March 2023
  • Foodie935
    Johannesburg, South Africa256 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Simply stunning
    Like true clueless tourists, we stumbled into this church as we walked by. I’ll never forget that first glance as we entered the venue. Breathtaking! A respectful stroll through the main church and the side wings should take you around 45 - 60 minutes. Don’t miss it
    Visited March 2023
    Written 22 March 2023
  • Terry M
    Hamilton, Canada4,642 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A SPLENDID BASILICA
    Its exterior grime befits the most important church in Christendom dedicated to the Virgin Mary. A rare papal basilica, you have to pass through airport-like security to get in. What awaits you is golden splendour. Its holiest relic is portions of the crib of Christ. St Paul's Chapel is massive. The sacristy and baptistery on the other side are also very impressive.
    Visited March 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 25 March 2023
  • Adewale
    Lagos, Nigeria747 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Magnificent
    One of the many grand buildings scattered throughout Rome, this basilica has a very rich history and is indeed a sight to behold. If you're into arts, culture, history etc, this is definitely one of the stops you'd like to make. It's located about 12 minutes or so from the main Rome terminal/station
    Visited March 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 10 April 2023
  • Leslie B
    San Antonio, Texas46 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Absolutely beautiful.
    As with many churches in Rome, the outside does not prepare you for the grandeur of the inside. It is truly beautiful. We were also staying nearby and were able to attend a Rosary on the church "porch" with the Bishop and a choir. It was a one of a kind experience.
    Visited May 2023
    Written 17 May 2023
  • Dominik Kiezik
    Warsaw, Poland4,729 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A very beautiful place
    A very beautiful place. Full of beautiful sculptures and paintings. Apparently, the remains of the alleged manger where Jesus could have been born are stored inside. I'm sometimes skeptical about such revelations, but as a historian I can't rule it out 100%.
    Visited May 2023
    Written 27 May 2023
  • haveboozewilltravel
    Murrieta, California739 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    The largest church dedicated to Mary
    This spectacular church is one of four papal basilicas and the largest dedicated to Mary. It has many extremely old mosaics and is said to house the remains of Baby Jesus’s manger. The great artist and architect John Lorenzo Bernini is buried inside.
    Visited May 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 25 June 2023
  • Julie S
    Gurnee, Illinois6 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    WOW!
    We stumbled upon this church while walking around, enjoying a beautiful Rome day. We had no idea what we were walking into! This church is a beautiful gem with so much history. We paid a few dollars to have a mini tour on the second floor and it was well worth it!
    Visited June 2023
    Written 26 June 2023
  • Skeney57
    Sydney, Australia21,993 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful Basilica
    Having missed visiting this Church last time in Rome, I made sure I got to go this time around. And was I glad that I did? It is a spectacular Basilica dedicated to the Virgin Mary that dates back to 434AD and has undergone many changes over the centuries. Most planned by Popes but also after the 1348 earthquake damage. Originally started by Pope Celestine I it is a vivid mixture of 5th century mosaics, marble & granite columns and frescoes with gold plated highlights throughout. The 14th century campanile stands at 75m and is the tallest in Rome. The Basilica is also the final resting place of many Popes and Bishops including Pope Pius V, Pope Clement VIII & IX as well as the sculptor Bernini. A big plus was the crowds were no where near the Vatican hordes! Really glad I got to view this beautiful Basilica, don't miss it.
    Visited May 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 28 July 2023
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brat0029
North Mankato, MN171 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023 • Couples
I really enjoyed this church. It was historically important and held many wonderful pieces of art. It's also quite large and takes a few hours to fully see.
Written 24 February 2024
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MarcoG
The Hague, The Netherlands3 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Family
Positive : The Basilica was everything you expect and more. Great to visit.

Negative : They offer an extra paid tour of a section not open to the public. Don’t go. Waste of money. Firstly it is no where as impressive as the main church. The tour only lasts 15 min and the tour guide just walks around with her phone playing a sequence of recorded information and then stands and points at things on the wall. You can’t hear what’s being said in the phone unless you are virtually on top of the tour guide and in all the tour is no more than 100m long. We paid €18 for a family of four
Written 24 February 2024
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Peter C
Island of Malta, Malta2,540 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Couples
The Major Papal Basilica is one of the seven pilgramage churches of Rome and only one of four that can boast the title "Major". It is a very important Catholic Church. It is impressive both inside and out from its stunning facade to its interior design, artworks and decorations. Be sure to admire the ornate ceiling as you are looking at the nave, the Baptistery, Nativity scene and the Sistine and Paolina chapels.
Written 18 February 2024
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angeleyes27
Brigantine, NJ5,169 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Couples
This basilica's 14th century bell tower is the highest bell tower in Rome. It opens at 7am & you must go through security. When we came here at 7am, we were the only ones inside. The museum here opens at 9:30am. Several funeral monuments are here. It is very ornate.
Written 6 February 2024
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Sanski66
Espoo, Finland371 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
I’m not so much into churches, kind of “once you have seen one you have seen them all”. But there was something intriguing in this one, strong recommendation for a visit!
Written 6 February 2024
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SimonOnVacation
Toronto, Canada364 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Friends
Finally got to visit the church that our Pope visits regularly.
The ceiling design is unremarkable, impressive art and display of history inside the church is amazing. I'd recommend this to anyone visiting Italy, even for a short period of time. Don't forget to go downstairs to see the relic of the Holy Crib of our Lord!
Written 4 February 2024
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Erfan kariminobandegani
Iran374 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Couples
My wife and I visited that place in Dec 2023. Frankly, it was a real wonderful place. I felt peace and relief in that place. Specially it has a majestic artful buildings.
Written 1 January 2024
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Grasian Buddha
Sydney, Australia80 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023
Visited a couple of days after Christmas hoping it would be less congested. The lines moved quickly. There are absolutely no words to describe the architecture, religious significance and effect it has on you when you are in there. Would definitely recommend.
Written 30 December 2023
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MtEverest
Las Vegas235 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Couples
We stayed in a hotel near the train station and this beautiful basilica was literally one block away. The highlights here are the Salus Populi, an icon of Mary, and the Holy Crib. The outside was not all that impressive with a lot of renovation, but the interior is amazing. Some say it is the most beautiful church in Rome.
Written 25 December 2023
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paulinemitchell
Clydebank, UK26 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Solo
This has the WOW factor. Amazing artefacts, history, relics, design, paintings and freezes and free to get in.
Written 23 December 2023
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