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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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There are nearly 1,000 churches is Rome, and it seems like half them are named St Mary's. In the case of St Mary's Maggiore, it more or lees translates into "the really big St... read more

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Uath
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

There are nearly 1,000 churches is Rome, and it seems like half them are named St Mary's. In the case of St Mary's Maggiore, it more or lees translates into "the really big St Mary's church". Big St Mary's is one of the 6 papal basilicas in Rome, meaning that although it not located in the Vatican, the church is... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

There are so many churches in Rome, but do not miss this one (one of the four "major" basilicas), whic his only a 5 minute walk from the train station. Note the ceiling. It is gold (not gold leaf paint) -- Queen Isabella sent the Pope gold to pay off the loan she had taken to get some of the... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

We attended a Sunday afternoon Mass there. I wish I had done more research ahead of time because i really wanted to see the "Salus Populi Romani", a painting of Mary and the infant Jesus that is at least a thousand years old. It is supposed to be in the Borghese Chapel but I missed it somehow. There is a... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

I had the very lucky experience to meet a very nice italian who show us the Basilica. We have arrived just before the ending of a night ceremony. I was impressed about the number of locals attending the ritual. The interior is wonderful, one of the top 5 in Rome.

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 73 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Visited this church recently - there is a security check but it did not take long. Beautiful church with fabulous alter. Not very crowded and well worth a visit.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Unfortunately, there is a security check with metal detection at the entrance and armed guards outside. This is probably necessary but one should be prepared to empty pockets, get bags examined, etc.

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Such a beautiful church. Initially we weren't going to visit but so glad we did. So much to see inside and the main alter is stunning!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

By the time we saw this church, we had already seen a lot of them and came to the conclusion you could walk into almost any church and be blown away. This one followed that trend. Beautiful art, dome and a really cool ceiling in terms of the patterns. This would be in my top 5 of the churches you... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 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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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 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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