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Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore, Rome

Categories: Sacred & Religious Sites, Historic Sites, Tourist Spots
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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. For Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore and beyond, use our Rome vacation route planner to get the most from your Rome vacation.
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  • A well-preserved beautiful basilica. It maintains a spiritual atmosphere that makes the traveler feel rested even after a long walk day.
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  • One of the holy doors for the Year of Mercy. Ancient mosaics (from 5th century) visible. Facade dates from 18th century and it has a 14th century bell tower. Wonderful to just sit silently for a while...  read more »
  • A must-see in your step by Rome. To roofs, than columns. His paintings, its windows, its baldachin. Tomato time and enjoy.
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  • Beautiful Basilica! My neck started to ache after looking at the wonderful ceiling. So many details! I really recommend a visit and a moment of prayer!
  • We ran into the church as we walked from our hotel to the hop on - hop off bus tour stop. The church was amazing . We came back much later from our tour and noticed people gathered outside waiting to go inside. Unfortunately we were pressed for time , but the next time in Rome , I will book a tour so I can see the inside of the church .
  • Absolutely beautiful. One of the many fantastic, breathtaking churches of Rome. Your neck can start hurting from staring up at the gorgeous paintings all over the church. I love it.
  • It is very easy in Rome to get "churched out" but If this is your main interest then this is deffinately one to visit. My visit to this church was instigated by the perported fact that it is totally unrefurbished and in its original state. If this is actually the case, you can but wonder at the skills of the original craftsmen who built it. However unless you want to examine every tile and pillar, it wont take long to look arround.
  • Enormous and beautiful church! Really close to Roma Termini train station. If you have some time don't miss this beauty.
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