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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%
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  • Terrible1%
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“beautiful church” (483 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

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 2 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 2 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 2 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 2 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 2 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
Reviewed 2 days ago

a huge building with a huge potential on antique art and history, special atmosphere full of saint spirits

Thank playmusic11
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

This is one of the not much, tourist attractions in Rome, but it is a magnificent BASILICA, just 5 min from Termini station, and 10 min to the Roman forun. AMAIZIN BASILICA inside is so beautiful you can't believe is so peaceful paintings and so...More

Thank kalvosaya
Reviewed 5 days ago

This is one of the City's most revered church's and the interior will take your breath away. The gift shop offers lovely post cards and books are available, as well as religious items for sale,

Reviewed 5 days ago

St. Mary Major is truly beautiful. While St. Peter's is the largest, St. Mary Major is the fourth largest and in my opinion, prettier than St. Peter's. The history here is intriguing and you'll not be disappointed to take the time to come here. There...More

Thank Triadou
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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.