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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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Basilica Papale di Santa Maria Maggiore reviews
This is a must visit while in Rome. It is almost as grand as St. Peter's. The area around is lovely, also.
This is a must visit while in Rome. It is almost as grand as St. Peter's. The area around is lovely, also. more »
As with many churches in Rome, the outside does not prepare you for the grandeur of the inside. It is truly beautiful. We were also staying nearby and were able to attend a Rosary on the church...
As with many churches in Rome, the outside does not prepare you for the grandeur of the inside. It is truly beautiful. We were also staying nearby and were able to attend a Rosary on the church... more »
One of the most beautiful Basilica's in Rome. Very close to Roma Terminal Station. Entrance is free. The basilica is huge with high and beautiful ceiling, marble carvings and mosaics. The interiors are simply stunning. Visitors are expected to maintain silence and be respectful of the place. A visit to this Basilica is highly recommended and is worth visiting.
Beautiful and unique artwork…. Very different than what you see in the other major cathedrals in Rome. Full of gorgeous mosaics. The building itself is grand and in the heart of several districts that offer shopping and restaurants, also very close to Termini and easy to access. Not really too crowded
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