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  • Address: Piazza di S. Maria Maggiore, 42, Rome, Province of Rome 00100, Italy
  • Hours: Museum is open Daily 9:30am - 6:30pm.

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Basilica Papale di Santa Maria Maggiore

There are many churches in Rome - and throughout the world - dedicated to the Virgin Mary. The largest one is the Basilica Papale (or Papal Basilica) of Santa Maria Maggiore near the Termini Train Station in central Rome.

As you might guess from the name, Santa Maria Maggiore is technically part of the Vatican - just as a foreign embassy might be. As part of Vatican City, the Basilica is also part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site that includes all extraterritorial properties of the Holy See in Rome.

Although the Basilica Papale di Santa Maria Maggiore has been expanded upon and redecorated over the centuries, it was originally built in the mid-5th century and much of the original structure is still in place. In the years after the papacy was moved back to Rome from Avignon, part of the church was used as the papal residence until renovations to the Vatican Palace was completed.

Some of the highlights of a visit to the basilica are its 5th century mosaics, a reliquary said to contain a piece of the crib that once held the baby Jesus, an ancient icon of the Virgin Mary, the tomb of Saint Jerome, and the tomb of the artist Gian Lorenzo Bernini. There is a Sistine Chapel in the Basilica Papale di Santa Maria Maggiore, named for Pope Sixtus V (the one in Vatican City is named for Pope Sixtus IV).

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Christian Rome Afternoon Tour, Rome, null
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Christian Rome Afternoon Tour

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Explore the highlights of early Christian Rome on this 3-hour coach and walking tour. With an expert guide, visit the magnificent Basilica of Santa Maria ...  Read more

Location: Rome, Italy
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

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Vatican and Papal Basilicas Jubilee Tour in Rome, Rome, Bus & Minivan Tours
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Vatican and Papal Basilicas Jubilee Tour in Rome

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Mark the Papal Jubilee with a special tour of the Vatican and Rome’s patriarchal basilicas. After a skip-the-line tour of the Vatican Museums, step inside the ...  Read more

Location: Rome, Italy
Duration: 9 hours (approx.)

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Skip the Line: Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel Tour, Rome, Cultural Tours
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Skip the Line: Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel Tour

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Enjoy a morning or afternoon of Vatican splendor on a 2-hours skip-the-line tour of the Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel and St Peter’s Basilica. Explore the ...  Read more

Location: Rome, Italy
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Jubilee Full-Day Experience with Vatican Museums and Four Major Basilicas, Rome, Skip-the-Line Tours
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Jubilee Full-Day Experience with Vatican Museums and Four Major Basilicas

The 2016 Jubilee Year of Mercy is a popular time for pilgrims to visit Rome’s holiest sites and is an extra special time for anyone else interested in the ...  Read more

Location: Rome, Italy
Duration: 7 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $130.04
Rome by Scooter Escorted Half-Day Sightseeing Tour, Rome, Christian Tours
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Rome by Scooter Escorted Half-Day Sightseeing Tour

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You will be guided on a panoramic tour of Rome's main monuments by scooter, escorted by a local guide who will let you experience Rome as the Romans do. This ...  Read more

Location: Rome, Italy
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

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Electric Bicycle Tour - Jubilee tour - 4 Gates and 4 hills, Rome, Vespa, Scooter & Moped Tours
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Electric Bicycle Tour - Jubilee tour - 4 Gates and 4 hills

Electric bicycles: the smarter, economical and ecological way to live and tour Rome - “Looser” than a scooter, “slicker” than a segway, ...  Read more

Location: Rome, Italy
Duration: 5 hours (approx.)

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Jubilee Tour by Electric-Assist Bicycle, Rome, Bike & Mountain Bike Tours
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Jubilee Tour by Electric-Assist Bicycle

A journey through the enchanting beauties of papal Rome, on the trail of history behind the Jubilee. Retrace the ancient streets the pilgrims walked, without ...  Read more

Location: Rome, Italy
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

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Jubilee Walking Tour: Four Basilicas Papal Rome, Rome, Bike & Mountain Bike Tours
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Jubilee Walking Tour: Four Basilicas Papal Rome

The Jubilee of Mercy is one of the most important events in the Catholic Church. You will see millions of Pilgrims head for Rome to celebrate a year in which ...  Read more

Location: Rome, Italy
Duration: 6 hours (approx.)

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Skip the Line: Vatican in One Day, Rome, Walking Tours
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Skip the Line: Vatican in One Day

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Vatican City’s most comprehensive introduction combining two walking tours to see Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel, Gallery of Maps, Raphael's Rooms, St. Peter's ...  Read more

Location: Rome, Italy
Duration: 8 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

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Passion of Christ Walking Tour, Rome, Skip-the-Line Tours
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Passion of Christ Walking Tour

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Superb tour providing an intimate encounter with the physical objects collected and/or related to the Passion and Death of Jesus Christ. This tour visits ...  Read more

Location: Rome, Italy
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $74.15

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