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 most important churches of Rome, specific place, a destination for many pilgrims and tourists
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  • Once again a must see as almost everything in Rome, the columns and the beautiful wall and ceiling paintings are worth
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  • Simply superb and free. Waiting sometimes a bit long because of the security check. In our case no waiting but we have seen impressive queues
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  • Beautiful building, well worth visiting, We went to a local pub to watch Crystal Palace v Liverpool and when we got back to the church there was virtually no queue. Bernini is buried here and we search among all the ornate tombs and sculptures but he was no where to be seen. After checking Google I discovered why he was hard to find. After all, who would want to take on the job of carving a memorial to one of the greatest sculptures in the world? It turned out that his memorial is on the steps at the right of the main altar, as close to God in the church as you can get.
  • Just saw the magnamity of this place from outside, due to short visit in its vicinity. It is one of the remarkable places adding charm to the Roman visitors. This place is also very close to other tourist attractions of Rome. We just walked to this place from Roma Termini within 5 minutes. The building has the signature architect of modern and ancient Romans. I will recommend spending some time to appreciate its beauty in detail.
  • This place, is a must-see. This place was built in 343 and remodeled in 443 AD. The gold throughout the Basilica, especially on the roof is all original and spectacular. An amazing spiritual place. Amazing detail throughout the entire basilica
  • The beautiful Basillica Papale Di Santa Maria Maggiore is such a holy place. This beautiful tribute to Saint Mary Major is special, not only as one of the major basilicas, but an active church much loved by the locals. Our guide let us know that there was a special connection with Mother Mary and them and they felt she saw no prayer too small for her attention. This is a “must see” while in Rome.
  • One of four papal basilicas in Rome, this is one of the finest churches in the world. Home to fine art, sculpture, and history, this church is a meuseum in it's own right. Deep in the heart of Rome, this church is a must-see for anyone who wants to be with the Lord.
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