Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore, Rome

4.8
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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  • Just beautiful and majestic!!!!! When they arrived they were keeping it, very neat and very shocking their ceilings and walls.
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  • Everything is beautiful and gives an impression of serenity like all the religious buildings of Rome besides
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  • Such an amazing place. Literally phenomenal. Inside is just beautiful. There were priests and members of the public doing a service where they were singing and it helped with the ambiance of the place. Architecture inside is beautiful and doesn't get crowded as it is such a big place. Honestly recommend going.
  • This was one of the more beautiful basilicas in all of Rome. The artwork in the ceiling was particularly impressive and is something to be seen. I also really enjoyed the sculpture of the pope praying. Get there early as there is often a line to get in. Definitely worth seeing.
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