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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%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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Piazza di Santa Maria Maggiore 42, 00185 Rome, Italy
+39 06 6988 6800
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Reviewed yesterday

Honestly one of the most amazing places I had ever been. It's incredibly beautiful and absolutely worth a visit, especially if you are a Catholic (although I don't think you have to be to appreciate it)

Thank Screenname1993
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

A beautiful basilica around a ten minute walk from the Termini station. Free entry is welcomed. There are clothes at the entrance to cover shoulders. Very opulent.

Thank Shannon S
Reviewed 2 days ago

Exempting St. Peter's, this was my favourite basilica I visited whilst in Rome. The interior is large and there are a number of impressive chapels, each featuring incredible artwork, both in the form of their stunning baroque architecture and paintings, including a number of impressive...More

Thank Jim T
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

It is a shame that there is a need for security, but do the line and get inside. The Basilica is gorgeous and peaceful. Beautiful all around and really a place of worship. It is a must!

Thank carlaroelh
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Big Catholic church. Full of pompous grandeur. Charged us €10 each to see the papal room and mosaic upstairs. Can't believe I waiting 40 mins for that. As an atheist it just reaffirms how controlling and how much wealth religion had during the last 1600...More

1  Thank mrbungle72
Reviewed 3 days ago

Free to get in. They like you to have your shoulders covered but do provide something to put around your shoulders outside the door. Very beautiful building.

Thank Emma W
Reviewed 4 days ago

You feel you are back in time.. the exterior was understated.. but once inside this marvel you will feel at peace and want to take your time and explore every corner top to bottom. Beautiful music and you leave feeling more holy!

Thank 1pickytraveler
Reviewed 4 days ago

One of the few Basilica's in which you don't have to pay to visit, it's worth taking the time to visit & take in the intricacy of it's construction. There is so many details inside it's amazing

Thank AustralianDuk
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

It's beautiful totally , every single church in Rome is beautiful. It's nearby Termini central station so u can go there by metro or bus.

Thank VickyVo
Reviewed 5 days ago

This is one of the four basilicas in Rome belonging to the Vatican. The church is free to visit but you must go through a metal detector to enter. Photography is not permitted.

Thank researchtraveler2010
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6 July 2017|
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Response from BetsyPerth_Australia | Reviewed this property |
All churches is free to go anywhere.
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.
12 May 2017|
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Response from Newni_11 | Reviewed this property |
Better not, although you are requested to cover the knees (for men)