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Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore, Bergamo

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Built in the 12th century as a tribute to the Madonna, Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore makes up part of the impressive architectural complex of Piazza Duomo. Designed by master builder Mastro Fredi from Campione, it stands over the site of a small church from the eighth century. With a Romanesque exterior and an interior decorated and filled with art from the Baroque era, this attraction wears its history on its sleeve. It may surprise visitors to find such a top attraction in the small city of Bergamo. If you're on a day trip from Milan, consider an all-day transportation pass for Bergamo. Using our custom trip planner, Bergamo attractions like Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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  • The awesome 12th century Basilica Di Santa Maria Maggiore has a plain sandstone exterior and the shock comes when we went inside. We were staggered by the decadence, the detail and the devotion to... 
    The awesome 12th century Basilica Di Santa Maria Maggiore has a plain sandstone exterior and the shock comes when we went inside. We were staggered by the decadence, the detail and the devotion to...  more »
  • Unique and very richly decorated church with amazing woodwork. Unlike other churches, you have to buy a ticket to go inside (3 EUR per person), but it is well worth it. 
    Unique and very richly decorated church with amazing woodwork. Unlike other churches, you have to buy a ticket to go inside (3 EUR per person), but it is well worth it.  more »
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  • Beautiful church, a must see when you are walking in the old town of Bergamo. The entrance is just 3€ for adults and 1€ for people under 25 years, but even if it cost more, it would still be worth it. The shades of green that they used on the ceiling really stood out for me, gorgeous colors.
  • It's a major church with more than 800 years of history. From architecture to interior design are quite unique and special. I believe it's the first time I saw a church with such large proportion of tapestries and intarsia decoration. You can see different periods interior design along the past 800 years, very astonishing. The exquisite intarsia, which is a form of wood inlaying, is definitely a testimony to the Italian wood craftsmanship! I was really amazed by this basilica.

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