Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore

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8 / 10

8 expert reviews

“Contains almost a millennia's worth of Italian architecture, from an 18th-century baroque exterior to the 5th-century mosaics lining its interior arch.”

– Afar Magazine

Fodor's Fodor's
"Santa Maria Maggiore is one of the oldest churches in Rome, built around 440 by Pope Sixtus III." Full review
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"One of Rome's four patriarchal basilicas, Santa Maria was built on the summit of the Esquiline Hill in the 5th century." Full review
Travel + Leisure Travel + Leisure
"Originally built in the fifth century, Santa Maria Maggiore contains one of the best preserved Byzantine interiors in Rome." Full review
Time Out Time Out
"Behind this blowsy Baroque façade is one of the most striking basilica-form churches in Rome." Full review
Frommer's Frommer's
"This great church, one of Rome's four major basilicas, was built by Pope Liberius in A.D. 358 and was rebuilt by Pope Sixtus III from 432 to 440." Full review
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