Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore

Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore, Rome: Hours, Address, Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore Reviews: 4.5/5

Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore

Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore
4.5
Historic Sites • Points of Interest & Landmarks • Religious Sites • Churches & Cathedrals
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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The area
Address
Neighbourhood: Centro
How to get there
  • Termini • 6 min walk
  • Vittorio Emanuele • 7 min walk
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Blue Heeler
Atlanta, GA684 contributions
Worth seeing
Jun. 2021 • Couples
A beautiful historic church that is still in use today. Entry is free and it is worth a look. Beautiful paintings and sculptures adorn this amazing basilica right in the heart of Rome. Architecturally wonderful.
Written July 14, 2021
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Aleksi V Petrov
Varna, Bulgaria4 contributions
Fantastic architectural piece.
Dec. 2020
Will deffo come back.

Not a fan of religious art generally, but this experience was amazing, you should visit it for sure if you visit Rome!
Written July 10, 2021
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FTMDave
Adria, Italy4,525 contributions
Beautiful church
Jun. 2021
Beautiful church in the Piazza dell'Esquilino. It has been sumptuously decorated in a range of styles during the centuries.
Written July 4, 2021
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Andrea
Milan, Italy220 contributions
Beautiful
Sep. 2020
Very beautiful and great decorations, definitely one of the most gorgeous churches I've seen in my life.
Written June 18, 2021
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Sharon9192
San Francisco, CA28 contributions
A must see!
Jun. 2021
One of the most beautiful churches I have seen in Italy! It was absolutely gorgeous on the inside. The detailing and coloring was amazing. Please take time to visit inside!
Written June 14, 2021
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Taste O
Riyadh, Saudi Arabia105 contributions
Interesting place to visit
Jun. 2020 • Family
Very interesting place to visit in Rome , they say that the gold here is one of the first gold from the new world . Very decorative and artistic
Written June 13, 2021
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SambaMaster
Ascoli Piceno, Italy203 contributions
Ho hum
Oct. 2020
I'd read about this place for many years, finally went in when I was in the neighborhood. After fighting through all the needless security I finally got in and was not impressed at all. I was out in five minutes. Disclaimer: I am not a fan of Baroque decoration or architecture, your mileage may vary.
Written June 8, 2021
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Riea K
4 contributions
Ill mannered security
Feb. 2021
We found the security to be I'll mannered, loud and not fitting to be in a religious place. They seemed irritated at everyone and everything.
Written March 5, 2021
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harry
Germany16 contributions
I think it's good place to check during your trip in Rome.
Nov. 2020
The Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore (Basilica Papale di Santa Maria Maggiore)—among the first churches in the world dedicated to the Virgin Mary—sits on the summit of Esquiline Hill. An extraterritorial property of the Vatican, it is one of the city’s four major basilicas and has one of the best preserved Byzantine interiors in Rome
Written February 12, 2021
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merck
13 contributions
It is the best architecture ever that I have ever
Nov. 2020
“One of the most important things about this Basilica is the Manger that is at the main altar. Now when we are dealing with the manger it is important to know a little bit more about the background in Bethlehem. When st. Helena came to the Holy Land in around 325, it is almost 300 years later. She asked where is the tomb of Jesus and they pointed it out and where is the place of his birth and they pointed to it.
Inside the cave were two cribs. Now that was is impossible, still it is impossible to know which crib our Lord was placed in, cannot know. So, one crib remains in Bethlehem and on Christmas, after the midnight mass, the patriarch of Jerusalem carries the infant Jesus as was a life-size statue over to the crib in Bethlehem, but the other crib is here at st. Mary Major.” - Fr. Mitch Pacwa on Santa Maria Maggiore and the manger on EWTN Vaticano
Written February 3, 2021
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