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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  • August 18, 2017
    You can not let it go, normally it is not a preferred site, but it's big and architecture is spectacular! Does not stop it losing!
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  • August 18, 2017
    Entering hits you the ceiling with no gold leaf (the first gold brought from the Americas). Climbed the Loggia dei Papi admire among the various what the architectural jewel of the spiral staircase without central pillar by Bernini (son). Solemn atmosphere during the celebration of the assumption (15 August). In the evening, you will be enchanted, thanks to an excellent lighting, and appreciate the height of campaile (the tallest of Rome with its 75 meters). Not to be missed.
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  • August 18, 2017
    This Basilica is definitely 'must see' in Rome. It it beautiful, stunning historical place. Don't forget visit it while you are in Rome and you wont regret.  more »
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  • One of four major Basilica (church) in Rome. Impressive interior and exterior. Quiet place away from bustle of the city. A holy place for worship and prayer
  • Views from d roof top out this world. You can Realy understand location in Rome from here. . Don't miss out
  • Santa Maria is one of the must see places in Rome. What amazed me the most about it is that it is not only a tourist attraction, but an active Catholic Church with confession and intentions as well. It has such beautiful ceilings and art that one must experience with their own eyes.
  • Santa Maria Maggiore is a beautiful church with a rich history. I especially like the apse mosaic that you can see lit before or after Mass. The confessionals on the side offer face-to-face or though-screen confessions on various days, including Sundays. There wasn't a line when I went. The music at the main Sunday Mass was also lovely and made my Sunday trip downtown worthwhile. The seats are not the most comfortable, but it's a Roman Basilica, so don't expect much there. If you visit Rome, make time to visit this Basilica. One last note: make sure you visit the basilica's museum if you like old religious articles. Also visit if you're a fan of Pope St Pius V or St Robert Bellarmine.
  • Looks grand, especially at night, with the lights on. Massive. We saw the place only from outside. Accessible by public transport.

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For easy foot access to most of the city's main historical sites, consider staying in Rome's old town center. The area is conveniently placed for public transport, only a walk away from the city's main railway station. Accommodations here span all hotels sectors, from cheap hostels to luxury brand names. To avoid the steep prices and overcrowding of the town center, explore the hotels in the inner suburbs of Rome. They offer comfortable rooms and excellent food at a fraction of the price charged by the centrally located hotel chains. Another affordable option is the area around Vatican, which boasts a good selection of family-owned B&Bs.
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