Basilica Papale di Santa Maria Maggiore, Rome

4.8
World heritage site · Religious Site · Historic Site
Basilica Papale 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 Papale di Santa Maria Maggiore can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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  • A beautiful place to visit and spend some time. Filled with amazing art and also a very atmospheric place to sit quietly for a few moments. A hidden gem.  more »
  • A must to go to pray, contemplate and leave a Mass request. I did for my son and grandson. The atmosphere is ancient and holy. The artwork adorning the whole interior is breath-taking.  more »
  • We were a group of friends and we had taken a guide for 3 days to visit everything, it was beautiful, we keep excellent memories.  more »
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  • Oh my God! it's a great moment for us to see this amazing place. I think we past by at least 20 times and decided to enter the church. We're amazed at the details, the history and art. If in Rome a most see place and it free to enter however, don't forget to donate. Don't be discouraged by my photos my children takes better photos on their cameras.
  • Gorgeous and enormous. One of those things that makes you stop in awe. Regardless of religion, the architecture and art contained within are gorgeous, never mind the services and singing. It’s also free - so easily worth a stop in to sit, meditate and rest while you listen to the choirs or organs.
  • One the must see churches in Rome. It is actually part of the Vatican. It is the smallest of the 4 major Basilicas. Several popes are buried in it. The architecture is fantastic and so are some of the work of arts housed in it. Free to visit. Not far from Termini main train station in Rome. Worth a visit.
  • Got the surprise of my life, the only way I can describe it is majestic. Inside gives you such a feeling of peace and all the way round there are priests in booths where you can go to confession and they are in every language in the world.It was a truly wonderful experience. So glad I went in
  • Second best Church in Rome. Amazingly beautiful, gave my wife Goosebumps as it was the most amazing Church she had been to to that point in her life. I would recommend going here before you go to St Peter's Basilica, this church is not quite as Grand as St Peters, although none are.

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