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Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore

On this page you find practical information, photos and videos about Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore.

Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore features in these preplanned City Guides:

3-day Rome City Guide5-day Rome City Guide

Why visit / Interesting facts:

  • One of Rome's greatest basilicas
  • Interesting mixture of architectural styles

Time required: 30 minutes

Opening hours:

Time period Opening hours
Daily: 7am - 7pm


Ticket type Charge
General: Free

Public transport:

  • Metro Line A, B: Termini station

Address: Piazza di Santa Maria Maggiore

Things you need to know:

  • Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore is one of the greatest basilicas and one of the 4 papal basilicas in Rome
  • It dates back to the 5th century
  • It displays an interesting mixture of architectural styles
  • The nave and its mosaics are from the 5th century; the Cosmatesque work, the apse mosaics and the Romanesque bell tower are medieval; the coffered ceiling (of New-World gold) is Renaissance; and the twin domes and front and back fa├žades are Baroque
  • Santa Maria Maggiore is the only Roman basilica that retained the core of its original structure despite a number of reconstructions over its history
  • After the papacy returned to Rome (from Avignon), the church served as the papal palace for a while

What to do there:

  • Discover the impressive church both from the inside and outside
  • Do not miss the highlights: Tomb of Sixtus, Bernini's Tomb, Apse Mosaic

Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore features in these preplanned City Guides: