Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore, Rome

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Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore, a World Heritage site crowning the top of the Esquiline Hill, features fifth-century mosaics that are some of the oldest representations of the Virgin Mary. This ancient church is renowned for all its ancient mosaics, which are particularly impressive when the floodlights are turned on. The depictions of the site's triumphal arch and the nave served as models for many other representations of the Virgin Mary created during subsequent centuries. The building contains a 14th-century bell tower, the highest in the city. The site's 16th-century coffered ceiling is said to be gilded with Incan gold that Christopher Columbus initially brought for his patrons, Spain's joint rulers Ferdinand and Isabella. The church also includes a museum that details the history of the site and features several notable works of art. Using our international travel planner, Rome attractions like Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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  • One of the many beautiful churches in Rome that you should visit if you have time to spare. Don't miss a small marble slab on the floor to the right of the cordoned-off area leading to the altar, wher...  more »
  • I have to admit that this was truly the most beautiful basilica I have seen Perhaps even surpasses San Pietro to queue to enter worth it I recommend it to everyone
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  • Magnificent. We came while there was a mass. However we could see the arch that is unique. This is a must when you go to Rome if you like baroque. Outside is a bit grandiose, but it is not unpleasant. Search (control of bags) at the entrance, although this is not very strict takes probably so hourly time of affluence (wasn't our case a Sunday night) out of season)
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  • Rome has some of the most beautiful basilicas in the world, and this one feels like falls under the radar for many tourists. This was a great advantage for me, since very few tourists were inside the basilica, which made it a much better, peaceful experience. My visiting time was on Sunday (July 1, 2018) at 3pm. There was no queue at the security check. There is a also an audio guide available for 2 euros. After listening to all the videos available, I highly recommend it!
  • A beautiful church in a nice part of Rome. An easy walk from the town. The area around the basilica is very nice too. There are plenty of drinking fountains and vendors along with many shops. Security is quite tight as it is in most churches in Rome now but it only takes a minute to get through to see this beautiful site
  • #Reasons-worth-a-visit (1) Free entrance, short queue, only a quick security check. (2) You can sense peace once stepping in. The place is peaceful and beautiful. (3) It has wood from the Holy Crib and the Mary’s icon believed to be painted by St. Luke himself. (4) It has the relics of Sf.Jerome. Bernini and a few Popes also buried here. (6) It is where St. Ignatius presides his first mass and used to be a palace of popes before moving to Vatican. (7) For art-lovers: mosaics, paintings, marble sculptures are remarkable. Some of them were the pieces of famous artists, including Bernini. You may need some quality time to sit, ponder and enjoy.
  • Were going to church but we got to church late. Had taken taxi from apartment. We stood in square and we took pictures. Beautiful Facade and area. I am sure church interior was gorgeous. Maybe next time we will see church interior. Came from Pa. in USA.
  • My husband, kids and I "stumbled" into this Basilica when we were walking to the train station, and what a beautiful find. The art work, and the floor inlays were amazing. Plan to spend an hour at the least to see it all. Small Catholic relics are in the way back on the way out to the back courtyard - rosaries can be had for 2 Euro.
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