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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Neighbourhood: Centro
How to get there
  • Termini • 6 min walk
  • Vittorio Emanuele • 7 min walk
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  • Dominik Kiezik
    Warsaw, Poland5,284 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 May 27, 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 June 26, 2023
  • Skeney57
    Sydney, Australia23,997 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 July 28, 2023
  • marymary27
    Scarborough, United Kingdom863 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Large and ornate church
    This church was close to our hotel. Rather than walking a long way in the heat we decided to have a look round. The building is large and impressive from the outside. Inside it is very ornately decorated. Definitely worth a visit.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written July 31, 2023
  • Jason S
    Melbourne, Australia2,023 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Dedicated to Virgin Mary
    One of the 4 major Basilica’s in Rome, and what an impressive Basilica it is not just from the outside but inside. Architecture inside is stunning along with the many statues are art work. Several Popes and Saints are buried here, making in one of the most holiest churches to visit. Also great that it’s free and when I visited no lines to enter. You should visit this basilica to experience the grandeur of how the Roman’s built there religious structures centuries ago.
    Visited February 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written August 2, 2023
  • soinic
    2,467 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Impressive ...
    We visited this huge Basilika in the afternoon, no entrance fee, no waiting ... Lift up your eyes and enjoy the view of the golden ceiling, beautiful. In the evening we walked back to the basilika and took great pictures .... (lights made it even more majestic, WOW).
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written August 13, 2023
  • SMLikestoTravel
    Bengaluru, India392 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Stark exterior hides a surprisingly rich and ornate interior
    This basilica was at a walkable distance from our hotel. Don’t let the plain exterior fool you. Once you step in, you are surrounded by art everywhere. The basilica is so big, it never felt crowded. Entrance is free. Don’t miss the crypt where you can see the relic of wood from the holy crib of Infant Jesus.
    Visited May 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written August 14, 2023
  • THFC69
    Berkshire, United Kingdom693 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A must visit in Rome
    Having spotted the illuminated tower from our hotel and asked our waiter what church it was, he told us it was a must see, one of the most beautiful basilicas in Rome, equal of the Vatican. He was right, the building itself is beautiful, however the interior is breathtaking. Stunning ceilings, major works of art, mosaics and stained glass. Used by the Pope when he presides over the annual Feast of the Assumption of Mary.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written August 28, 2023
  • Kim D
    Norwich, United Kingdom94 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    One of the nicest churches
    One of the nicest churches we saw in our visit. Large and airy, with many things to see inside. These include the body of Pope Pius V and their main relic - a piece of baby Jesus's manger. All well presented and very accessible, with information provided to explain what you are seeing.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written September 13, 2023
  • Taylor E
    Prosper, Texas6 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Definitely visit, worth the time ! Free entrance.
    Loved visiting this church, so glad we made a point to walk over. I loved this church just as much as Peter’s Basilica. It’s free, We did the colosseum had lunch on the way to the church then got Gelato after the church.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written September 16, 2023
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Michaela K
3,203 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Friends
It's a nice basilica, haven't been inside but a lovely building to look at when walking past.
It wasn't too busy around it either.
Written May 24, 2024
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PopcornMonkeyReviews
West Yorkshire, UK4,901 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
The Basilica Papale di Santa Maria Maggiore is simply breathtaking. Its majestic architecture and ornate interior make it a must-visit attraction in Rome. Stepping inside, you're immediately enveloped in a serene atmosphere, perfect for quiet contemplation or simply marvelling at the beauty around you. And the best part? It's completely free to enter!
Written May 24, 2024
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Brad
Hong Kong, China173,072 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Family
Santa Maria Maggiore is one of the four Major Papal Basilicas in Rome and an important pilgrimage site for Catholic visitors to the city. Opening hours are 7am to 7pm daily and entry is free. Allow 30-45 minutes to walk through and view the interior leisurely. It is a large and beautiful basilica worth making effort to experience if you are intending to see important churches during visits to Rome.

The church was originally built in 432 and was considered one of the very first churches dedicated to the Virgin Mary. It was reconstructed a handful of times over the centuries but retains much of its original structure and foundation. As such you will see Romanesque and Medieval features along with a fair amount of Baroque added to Santa Maria Maggiore during the 16th and 17th centuries.

The facade is less imposing then fellow Major Papal Basilicas but still quite interesting. The nave is massive with a lovely Cosmateque patterned floor, coffered and gilded ceiling and walls lined with fresco cycles and mosaics. The chapels are beautifully decorated. As is the the canopied high altar fronted by a small niche crypt with a statue of the kneeling Pope Pius IX praying to the holy relic that is believed to be a piece of wood from the crib used to hold baby Jesus at the moment of the Nativity in Bethlehem.

Other highlights include the late 13th-century marble Nativity Scene by Arnolfo di Cambio, beautifully decorated chapels along with tombs of numerous Popes as well as Rome's most famous Baroque architect, Gian Lorenzo Bernini. Visit the official website to learn more about the basilica prior to your visit if interested.
Written May 4, 2024
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Cokina
Beirut, Lebanon721 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Family
The entrance yo the cathedral is free, you can rent an audio guide outside if you like. I've seen a lot of cathedrals in my life, but I was speechless in this one. The beauty, the masterpieces, the details, the size, and better still, the humbleness one feels in front of such a marvel. Not to be missed.
Written May 2, 2024
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Seth G
6 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Family
Great looking church ! Even though I have beeen to so many churches, this basilica has a great architectural design which impresses people . You should visit it !
Written April 14, 2024
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Willian Lopes
Joinville, SC381 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Solo
Even though you are not christian or catholic, I strongly recommend the visit to the Basilic. It is not only a religious place, but an art marvel, near Termini station, which makes it a must do visit in Rome, specially if you are there during a layover (my case). Although there is no entry fee, I also recommend donating or buying something from the store inside (many beautiful gifts). I assure you won't not regret visiting the Santa Maria Maggiore Basilic
Written April 9, 2024
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Olivia S
Carlisle, UK19 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
Hugely impressive, beautiful church. We visited Maggiore a couple of days ago and loved it. We massively preferred it to Duomo. It is so beautiful. The staff were very friendly!
Written April 5, 2024
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MILOUW
New York City, NY1,366 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Solo
Very large basilica being partly cordoned off due to renovations.
Yet the Central nave bordered by huge columns is quite impressive and boasts sumptuous marble floors and golden gilded ceilings.
The chapel on the right is equally rich in baroque decorations.
Behind the altar the very old mosaics are unfortunately very hard to see
Written April 2, 2024
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brat0029
North Mankato, MN232 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 February 24, 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 February 24, 2024
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