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Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore

4.5/592 Reviews
ChurchHistorical Architecture

Business Hours

Closed Now, Reopens tomorrow 7:00-18:45(Local Time)

Address

Arco della Pace, 5, 00186 Roma RM, Italy
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About Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore

The biggest Roman Catholic Marian Church in Rome, the Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore was established under Pope Sixtus III. Since its unique development, it has experienced a kind of few changes and augmentations, however the center of the structure stays flawless. The congregation is commended for the numerous mosaics found inside it, which are of specific notable worth, as they speak to one of the principal known cases of the Virgin Mary's portrayal in Late Antiquity. The Crypt of the Nativity is likewise found inside the congregation's walls, and the Oratory of the Nativity rests underneath the congregation's sacred place.

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  • 135****5248
    5.0

    Legend has it that in the midsummer of the 4th century A.D., the Virgin Mary Tomon gave Pope Libero a monastery to show the glory of the Virgin Mary where it snowed. As a result, snow fell on Mount Esquilino the next morning, and the Pope ordered people to build a church there, so the church was also known as the Notre Dame Snow Palace. Today, the church also has activities to sprinkle white rose petals to symbolize the Holy site. It is also the first church named after the Virgin Mary in the world. The current Pope visits the Virgin Mary Hall before and after his visit to China. The church was built in about the fourth century A.D. The dome depicts the coronation of the Virgin Mary. The oil painting depicts the scene of the birth of the Virgin Mary.

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  • 山水人生
    5.0

    Say goodbye to Republican Square and walk to the nearby Notre Dame Cathedral (Notre Dame Snow Cathedral) to continue the tour. Legend has it that in 356 AD, the Pope dreamed of seeing the Virgin Mary, who ordered "to build a church where it snows tonight". Although it was August, the sky unexpectedly snowed, and where it snowed, the only church dedicated to the Virgin Mary in Rome was built. Thirty-six columns in the interior support a huge space, while the structure of horizontal beams supported by two rows of columns (a typical early Christian church building technique) makes the space more solemn and solemn. In the underground space in front of the church, there are large sculptures of the Pope kneeling devoutly to the Virgin Mary. Because it was the last stop and there was plenty of time, we enjoyed it easily in the church. Looking up at the golden mosaic "Coronation of the Virgin Lady" of the 13th century on the dome, looking around at the sculptures, murals, reliefs, windows and flowers. In addition to strolling on the marble floor of the church, we also sit in chairs from time to time, reading travel materials, recalling what we have seen and heard.

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  • 横竖是二温小迪
    4.0

    The Cathedral of the Virgin Mary, also known as the Cathedral of the Virgin Mary of Maggio, is located near termini and is one of the four super-temples of religion. Legend has it that St. Maria dreamed of building a church in a snowy place for the Pope, and that church was there. On Yan Value, the four super temples are all good, but I prefer Rutland St. John and St. Paul outside the city.

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  • coldwar
    5.0

    This is one of the four main cathedrals of the Pope in Rome, near the Temini Railway Station. This is the real building gem of Rome, dedicated to the Virgin Mary. The gold-plated ceiling is said to have been made of gold brought back by Columbus from North America, and it is still brilliant after years of washing.

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  • Luisa S
    5.0

    Perhaps the most famous church in this district, it's one of four papal basilicas and Rome's largest Marian church. Built in 430 AD it has had constant additions and alterations to create the highly decorated basilica you see today.Piazza Madonna dei Monti is the center of civic life for the neighborhood, little kids kick balls while old ladies gossip by day; while teens and 20-somethings come out in droves in the evening to hang out in this piazza. The fountain splashes bubbly background music to any happenings here.

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  • Leigh Virkus
    5.0

    Visit Santa Maria Maggiore (St. Mary Major) if only to see Bernini's magnificant staircase! There are 80 churches in Rome dedicated to Mary. This is the largest and considered the most important, thus, the label "maggiore". Along with St. Peter's, St. John's and St. Paul's, this is one of four papal basilicas in Rome. Dating back to the 5th century, Santa Maria Maggiore has a spectacular interior, with ornate chapels and a gilded ceiling. Admission is free. It is easy to reach, with several metro stops in the vicinity. This is a good place to visit if you are picking up Papal Audience tickets at the Church of Santa Susanna, which is nearby.

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  • James Sievert
    5.0

    This is one of the oldest churches in Rome and very beautiful. Cool, dark, romanesque. A 12th century church built over a 4th century basilica. It may well have been one of the first places Christians could worship in public. It has that amazing old dark gilded romanesque feel. The Piazza and church of Santa Maria in Trastevere are beauties. The spacious, quaint piazza with fountain in the center is the meeting point of many in this café-lined area of Rome. The church façade is warmed by fading frescoes and golden mosaics of palm trees and biblical scenes.

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  • Flavia S. M. Baker
    5.0

    Wonderful outside and inside, the church is a masterpiece for gold decoration and antique refined architecture. It’s ceiling is decorated with woodcutting pieces covered with layers of gold leaves. It is located in one of the liveliest neighborhoods of Rome both at night and day. The little narrow streets that lead to the church have many little pubs and cocktails bars that get very busy during nighttime with many locals and tourists. Walking around in Trastevere’s narrow streets makes it a nice walk for a nice evening out.

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  • Juno Kim
    5.0

    Santa Maria Maggiore is the largest Roman Catholic Marian church in Rome, Italy. The famous painting 'Salus Populi Romani', is the oldest Marian image in Rome. It has been a favourite of several popes and acted as a key Mariological symbol. The mosaics of the nave in Santa Maria Maggiore were the definition of impressionistic art during the time period, and it influenced many pavement mosaics across villas in Africa, Syria and Sicily during the 5th century.

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  • GLSQ_****0489
    5.0

    I would pass by this church every day on my way to school, and it always took my breath away. The facade is not as extravagant as some other churches in Rome, but just knowing that it is one of the oldest of its kind is impressive enough. The square is great to sit in and people watch, since it's a nice mixture of tourists and neighborhood residents going about their day. Aside from the annoying peddlers, this church is a must-see in Rome.

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