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Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore, Bergamo

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Religious Site Church
Built in the 12th century as a tribute to the Madonna, Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore makes up part of the impressive architectural complex of Piazza Duomo. Designed by master builder Mastro Fredi from Campione, it stands over the site of a small church from the eighth century. With a Romanesque exterior and an interior decorated and filled with art from the Baroque era, this attraction wears its history on its sleeve. It may surprise visitors to find such a top attraction in the small city of Bergamo. If you're on a day trip from Milan, consider an all-day transportation pass for Bergamo. For Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore and beyond, use our Bergamo trip itinerary planner to get the most from your Bergamo vacation.
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  • The richness of the decorations is quite stunning especially for a city of this size. We had the chance to attend a concert of organ. The organ being at the center of the building. The dexterity of the musician was impressive.
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  • Free to enter, this cathedral made me ay Wow! The detail was exquisite and we are so pleased we walked in. You don't need a tour to have a look and so glad we did. If you are going to Bergamo this and...  more »
  • You can't but be impressed by the scale of the church and the wonderful paintings. A place to either enjoy a quiet prayer or the incredible art and architecture of the cathedral. In particular the Gre...  more »
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  • Very beautiful basilica. Awesome decoration. You should visit it!
  • Just amazing. Sit there for a while and just take in all the details.
  • Breathtaking basilica, will leave you speechless!
  • Very impressive!
  • Really quite Impressive inside. Very well decorated!

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Bergamo is renowned for its varied selection of hotels and B&Bs operating in historical houses in the center of the city. They offer quality accommodation in heritage-rich buildings situated within easy walking distance of the city's main train station and the old town. Considerably less expensive yet just as comfortable, private hostels and guesthouses boast rooms ideally positioned in quiet residential areas, minutes away from Bergamo's most popular tourist sites. 
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