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Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore

Piazza di S. Maria Maggiore 42, 00100 Rome, Italy

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4.5 out of 5
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    Maan @Travel Binge
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    5 Oct 12, 2013

    One of the major Basilicas and Rome and a favorite because the crib of Jesus is found here, I am a Marian devotee and I love the story on how the church was built. It came in a dream and the Blessed Mother said where it will snow buiild the church. It was not winter but it did snow so the church dedicated to her was built there.

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    5 Mar 01, 2013

    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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    5 Jul 12, 2013

    A gorgeous church, one of Rome's papal basilicas.

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    4 Aug 28, 2012

    Enorme y preciosa basílica, tanto por fuera como aún más por dentro. Está prohibido sentarse en su escalinata.
    Justo al lado, hay varias paradas tanto de buses de línea como los turísticos.

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    4 Feb 23, 2014

    Beautiful church with high, ornate ceilings and countless altars. It's elaborate and grand and makes you feel small without making you feel insignificant. It's a little known fact that the tomb of Gianlorenzo Bernini rests here; blink and you could miss the step indicating its location. It's also said that there are remnants of Jesus' baby crib kept here, though this is a topic of debate.

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    3 Nov 06, 2013

    Nice basillica in central Trastevere. Worth a visit if you aren't "churched out" or need a break between eating and drinking.

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    Erin K
    5 Dec 18, 2013

    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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    4 Aug 15, 2013

    Santa Maria Maggiore has had a church on it since the 13th century. It is the largest of those dedicated to the Virgin Mary, thus the name, Maggiore. Apparently there’s 26 churches in Rome dedicated to Mary. I would have thought there were more. There are lots of golden mosaics on the inside and the wooden coffered and gilded ceiling is a huge expanse.

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    5 Aug 10, 2013

    In the heart of Rome sits the grand Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore where major streets converge. The huge church is a great spot to take a break, especially since it's so beautiful. Take in the beautiful mosaics and, for the love of God (literally), don't forget to look up.

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    5 Aug 04, 2013

    Santa Maria is a beautiful, historic church in Trastevere, which is located in a local, working class neighborhood in Rome. It's small and lovely and worth a look inside. I tremendously enjoyed it.

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Originally founded as a house-church around 220 AD, the Basilica di Santa Maria in Trastevere is one of the oldest churches in Rome and may be the first church where Mass was openly held. Erected during the early days of Christianity, the historic building is also one of the first churches built dedicated to the Virgin Mary. Beautiful Corinthian and Ionic columns fill the interior where a golden apse rises, adorned with 13th-century mosaics. The church’s exterior overlooks a prominent square in Trastevere that serves as the center of the neighborhood’s vibrant nightlife.
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Aliases: Basilica of Our Lady in Trastevere, Basilica of Saint Mary Major, Basilica di Santa Maria in Trastevere