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Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore, Italy

From series “The Most Elegant Buildings of Baroque Architecture”
Year: 352.

Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore is the sightseeing of the world meaning. It is one of the main Basilicas in Rome that was built in 352 year. The legend says that Pope Liberius saw the Blessed Virgin Mary in his dream. She ordered him to build a marvellous church where on the next day the earth will be covered with snow. Notwithstanding that fact that it was August, the pope built the church on the very spot which was covered with snow.

Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore, Italy Later the church has been changing its façade and inner decorations. In 1377 there has appeared a new 75 meters high bell tower, today it is the highest in Rome. Nevertheless the numerous rebuilding, some elements of the original interior were saved. Visitors can see there wonderful 14th-century mosaics and in the leading nave have saved 5th-century mosaics.

The outstanding wall paintings, great colourful marble floor, gilded elements of decoration, ancient sculptures – you can adore with this cathedral forever. In 1955 there has appeared a new organ. The previous music instrument of the 1716 year was taken to the Aliforni parish church. Today the Baroque church with rich decoration meet pilgrims from the whole world, tourists come here to see the precious elements of decoration because every decorative element of the Basilica is a unique piece of art. Next - Calke Abbey


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ATM bankomat: 'Euronet ATM (Termini Ticket)' located in 0.08 km ( check the route on the map).
Car rental office: 'On Road' is located in 0.06 km ( on the map).
Fuel station: 'Villanova Di CASYENASO' in 0.44 km
Supermarket: 'Shapla Minimarket' in 0.03 km
Parking: 'Autorimessa Esquilino' in 0.14 km
Apotheek: 'Farmacia' in 0.09 km
Police station: 'Guardia Di Finanza Comando Nucleo Polizia Tributaria Roma' in 0.16 km
Cafe/restaurant: 'Ristorente Pizzeria L'esquilino Bar' in 0.02 km
Railway station: 'Roma Termini' in 0.6 km

Nearest airports:
 »  Ciampino Airport CIA - in 13 km
 »  Fiumicino Airport FCO - in 22 km
 »  Sant'Egidio Airport PEG - in 133 km
 »  Grosseto (Baccarini) Airport GRS - in 151 km
 »  Siena Airport SAY - in 182 km
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Best hotels near Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore

Urbana Street

Located in 0 km from Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore
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Rooms: 3
With air conditioning and a TV, rooms are decorated with a simple style. Each shares a bathroom. Breakfast is served daily in a bar 50 metres from … More: photo, rates and booking
Zagreobio B&B Roma

Located in 1 km from Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore
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Rooms: 3
Rooms at the Zagreobio bed and breakfast come with a minibar, a desk and a sofa. The private bathroom includes free toiletries and a hydromassage … More: photo, rates and booking
Zama B&B

Located in 2 km from Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore
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Rooms: 3
With free Wi-Fi and a fan, rooms at the Zama have classic-style furnishings. The shared bathroom is complete with a shower. A bus with links to … More: photo, rates and booking
Yolanda Apartment

Located in 3 km from Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore
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Rooms: 3
Featuring a balcony with city views, the apartment features a washing machine and a kitchen equipped with oven and refrigerator. The private bathroom … More: photo, rates and booking

Nearest unique sightseeing spots to visit

Colosseum
0 km - Colosseum
The majestic Colosseum is the world's most famous architectural monument of Ancient Rome. The largest amphitheater of the ancient world, which continues to be used for large-scale events nowadays. The construction of the amphitheater began in 72 AD, in just eight …
Santissimo Nome di Gesu Cathedral
1 km - Santissimo Nome di Gesu Cathedral
Santissimo Nome di Gesu Cathedral has placed right in the centre of the so-named square in Rome. It was built in 1584 and at first, it was a monument in the mannerism style. However, after the reconstruction, the church has received bright features of Renaissance. One …
Museum of Dead Souls
2 km - Museum of Dead Souls
The followers of the mystical stories of the beyond can be recommended to visit the Museum of the Dead Souls, located in Rome. Its location is the sacristy of the ancient Del Sacro Cuore del Suffragio church. Before the visit of the museum, all visitors should receive …
Old Town of Rome
3 km - Old Town of Rome
The unique historical sightseeing of Rome and Vatican City are also in the list of the UNESCO Heritage Site. A great number of Roman historical sightseeing is known all over the world. Roman Forum, Colosseum, Pantheon and Emperors Forum are the most popular antique …
The Catacombs of San Sebastiano
4 km - The Catacombs of San Sebastiano
Unique attractions of the Christian world include not only ancient temples and monasteries, but also some historical areas, where archaeologists have found amazing Christian artifacts. An excellent example is the Via Appia, along which there are legendary Catacombs of …
Cascata delle Marmore
75 km - Cascata delle Marmore
One of the most beautiful waterfalls in Italy is the Cascata delle Marmore (Marmore’s Falls). At first sight, you can hardly believe that this waterfall is man-made. It was created by the ancient Romans. The height of the waterfall is 165 meters. Since its creation, …

Top destination around Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore - Rome


In Rome, one of the most convenient means and popular among local people are bicycles and Segways. Moreover, these are the perfect vehicles for getting to know Rome better. Having arrived in the capital, you can rent bicycle or Segway and go on a self-guided tour or use the services of the travel agencies, offering travelers a number of interesting and informative routes.

If you decide to rent a bicycle, contact the Trenoescooter service, the office of which is located near the Termini station. Here you can rent a "bike" based on a daily rent, paying 10 euros for use from 9:00 to 19:00, and for a period of two to 20 days - in this case, rent will cost you significantly cheaper. For example, renting two-wheelers for a week will cost 33 euros.

If you choose to try the organized tours, then diversify your holiday in Rome by bike tour offered by Rome Bike Tour. The tour starts at the crossroads of Via Manzoni and San Giovanni and lasts for about 3 hours, during which you will visit the Piazza del Popolo, see the Coliseum and admire the Trevi Fountain.
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