Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore

Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore

Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore
4.5
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07:00 - 19:00
Monday
07:00 - 19:00
Tuesday
07:00 - 19:00
Wednesday
07:00 - 19:00
Thursday
07:00 - 19:00
Friday
07:00 - 19:00
Saturday
07:00 - 19:00
Sunday
07:00 - 19:00
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One of seven pilgrimage basilicas in the world, this church was founded in 432 AD and is where the famous architect Bernini is buried.
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Neighbourhood: Centro
How to get there
  • Termini • 6 min walk
  • Vittorio Emanuele • 7 min walk
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  • dapper777
    Monaco32,563 contributions
    Not to be missed
    We think this is our all time favorite church in Rome. What to say... One of the four basilicas of Rome. It is the gateway to the Esquilino district, located on the side of the Monti district. The ceiling, the altar, the bell tower, the mosaics ... it's all so UNIQUE. One of the obligatory stops when we are in Rome for a prayer. Always. From orbiscatholicus. blogspot : "The most important church in the city of Rome dedicated to Our Lady is the Basilica of Saint Mary Major, erected around the year 352, during the reign of Pope Liberius. (352-366) According to legend, a member of an aristocratic family, John and his wife were childless and prayed that the Blessed Mother might designate an heir to bequeath their wealth. They were favored with a dream in which Our Lady appeared to them on the night of August 4-5. She requested that they build a church in her honor on the Esquiline hill and the sign to accompany this dream is that the exact location would be marked out in snow. During that hot summer evening, a miraculous snowfall traced the form of the basilica on the hill. Our Lady also appeared to Pope Liberius in a dream that same night so that he too could arrive at the location to see the miraculous snowfall. Many people gathered to see the unusual event of snow glistening in the August sun. Upon awakening, John and his wife rushed to the site and Pope Liberius arrived in solemn procession. Realizing that the snow marked the exact location of the church, the people staked off the area before the snow melted. The basilica was completed within two years and consecrated by Pope Liberius; that is why it is sometimes referred to as the Basilica Liberiana, after the Pope who consecrated it. The liturgical feast of the Dedication of the Basilica of St. Mary Major is celebrated each year on the fifth of August. On that day, a beautiful custom is kept each year in which a shower of white rose petals are dropped from the ceiling to commemorate the miraculous snowfall". Not to be missed.
    Visited April 2020
    Travelled with friends
    Written 26 April 2020
  • RebeccaHTraveller
    Crawley, United Kingdom115 contributions
    Beautiful and away from the crowds
    We were staying just along the road from this Basilica and decided to visit it one afternoon after going to some of the busy tourist areas of the city. I can highly recommend it - there were no queues and we went straight in (you have to put your bag through a security scanner as you enter), lovely peaceful atmosphere and a great deal of beautiful artwork inside, to rival some of the more touristy attractions. It is also free to enter.
    Visited February 2020
    Written 24 July 2020
  • daniel
    Mexico City, Mexico35 contributions
    BEAUTIFUL EXAMPLE OF MIX BTW ARTS AND CHRISTIANITY.
    The legend is saying, The Maria Maggiore Basilica was built in the 4th century A.D., on the place marked by Virgin Mary, who appared in dreams of the believer (who was praying and asking her about place he wish to build a church in her name), and at the same time she appeared in the Pope's dreams with instructions the church has to be built on the place marked with snow. In the same night, the unusual snow in the middle of August, marked a place on Esquilino Rome hill, and both, believer and Pope, knows imidiately where the church has to be built. At the same night, on the hill marked with snow, the lines for church were made, and by those given instructions, the Maria Maggiore Basilica was constructed in next years. Through years the Basilica was many times reconstructed (otherwise finally completed in year 1743) till nowdays shape, and is otherwise the first Basilica consecrated to Virgin Mary (in year 434 A. D. on 5th August by Pope Sixtus III.), right The Basilica has a status as a Papal Major Basilica (one of the only four that exists), and is one of the Seven Great Pilgrim Churches of Rome (a Seven Church Walk tradition), which means the Basilica is very important and therefore must visit touristic att
    Visited October 2020
    Written 21 January 2021
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Taylor E
Prosper, TX3 contributions
Sep 2023 • Couples
Loved visiting this church, so glad we made a point to walk over. I loved this church just as much as Peter’s Basilica. It’s free,
We did the colosseum had lunch on the way to the church then got Gelato after the church.
Written 16 September 2023
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Kim D
Norwich, UK25 contributions
Sep 2023 • Couples
One of the nicest churches we saw in our visit. Large and airy, with many things to see inside. These include the body of Pope Pius V and their main relic - a piece of baby Jesus's manger. All well presented and very accessible, with information provided to explain what you are seeing.
Written 14 September 2023
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THFC69
Berkshire, UK680 contributions
Aug 2023 • Couples
Having spotted the illuminated tower from our hotel and asked our waiter what church it was, he told us it was a must see, one of the most beautiful basilicas in Rome, equal of the Vatican. He was right, the building itself is beautiful, however the interior is breathtaking. Stunning ceilings, major works of art, mosaics and stained glass. Used by the Pope when he presides over the annual Feast of the Assumption of Mary.
Written 28 August 2023
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GECMAR
Edinburgh, UK140 contributions
Aug 2023
Don't miss this gem - absolutely stunning. Leave plenty of time for your visit, plenty of nice eateries in the area too
Written 21 August 2023
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SMLikestoTravel
Bengaluru, India230 contributions
May 2023 • Family
This basilica was at a walkable distance from our hotel. Don’t let the plain exterior fool you. Once you step in, you are surrounded by art everywhere. The basilica is so big, it never felt crowded. Entrance is free.
Don’t miss the crypt where you can see the relic of wood from the holy crib of Infant Jesus.
Written 14 August 2023
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soinic
Lux.1,892 contributions
Aug 2023 • Couples
We visited this huge Basilika in the afternoon, no entrance fee, no waiting ...

Lift up your eyes and enjoy the view of the golden ceiling, beautiful.

In the evening we walked back to the basilika and took great pictures .... (lights made it even more majestic, WOW).
Written 13 August 2023
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Jiri N
29 contributions
Jul 2023
Such an impressive feeling when I stood in front of the church. But when I entered it, that was where the magic happened. It was so beautiful!
Written 4 August 2023
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Ingrid
Oslo, Norway28 contributions
Jul 2023
Wow, that is a very breathtaking church. It's so impressive due to its size and so beautiful as well.
Written 4 August 2023
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Jason S
Melbourne, Australia1,672 contributions
Feb 2023 • Solo
One of the 4 major Basilica’s in Rome, and what an impressive Basilica it is not just from the outside but inside.

Architecture inside is stunning along with the many statues are art work.

Several Popes and Saints are buried here, making in one of the most holiest churches to visit.

Also great that it’s free and when I visited no lines to enter.

You should visit this basilica to experience the grandeur of how the Roman’s built there religious structures centuries ago.
Written 3 August 2023
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marymary27
Scarborough, UK793 contributions
Jul 2023 • Family
This church was close to our hotel. Rather than walking a long way in the heat we decided to have a look round. The building is large and impressive from the outside. Inside it is very ornately decorated. Definitely worth a visit.
Written 31 July 2023
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