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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 Tours

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

4 star rating: Recommended 177 Reviews

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.)

From USD $65.08
Full Day Tour: Vatican Museums, St. Peter's and the Most Important Basilicas of Rome, Rome, Bus & ... 
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Full Day Tour: Vatican Museums, St. Peter's and the Most Important Basilicas of Rome

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 1167 Reviews

Mark your visit to Rome with 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.)

From USD $122.03
Churches of Rome Small-Group Tour: Maria Maggiore, Santa Pudenziana, and Basilica di Santa ... 
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Churches of Rome Small-Group Tour: Maria Maggiore, Santa Pudenziana, and Basilica di Santa Prassede

Explore hidden treasures of Rome on this 2-hour walking tour. With a small group of no more than 15 travelers, visit three of the most beautiful churches in ...  Read more

Location: Rome, Italy
Duration: 2 hours (approx.)

From USD $68.84
Rome in One Day: Colosseum and Catacombs Tour with Skip the line, Rome, Cultural Tours
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Rome in One Day: Colosseum and Catacombs Tour with Skip the line

4.5 star rating: Recommended 4 Reviews

Learn the stories behind the grand monuments of Rome, discover the Colosseum, the Roman Forum & Palatine Hill and finally the mysterious Catacombs

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

From USD $170.22
Skip the Line: Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel Tour, Rome, Skip-the-Line 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
Duration: Flexible

From USD $82.61
Private Tour of Catholic Rome, Rome, Skip-the-Line Tours
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Private Tour of Catholic Rome

Visit some of the most Catholic churches of Rome traveling in a comfortable, air-conditioned Mercedes car or minivan. See St. Peter's, St. John Lateran, St. ...  Read more

Location: Rome, Italy
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $33.79
Panoramic Tour of Roma with Vespa and Lunch, Rome, Private Sightseeing Tours
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Panoramic Tour of Roma with Vespa and Lunch

Discover all the beauties of Rome while saving time and enjoying your own freedom. Enjoy a full day on a fun Vespa with opportunities to admire Basilica di ...  Read more

Location: Rome, Italy
Duration: 12 hours (approx.)

From USD $62.46
Rome by Scooter Escorted Half-Day Sightseeing Tour, Rome, Self-guided Tours & Rentals
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Rome by Scooter Escorted Half-Day Sightseeing Tour

4 star rating: Recommended 1 Review

Join our group tour and 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 ...  Read more

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

From USD $118.90
Passion of Christ Walking Tour, Rome, Vespa, Scooter & Moped Tours
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Passion of Christ Walking Tour

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 9 Reviews

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 $81.35
Four Papal Basilicas of Rome Half-Day Tour, Rome, Walking Tours
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Four Papal Basilicas of Rome Half-Day Tour

Visit the four ancient churches of Rome and follow in the steps of countless saints and pilgrims for centuries and millennia before. The four Papal basilicas ...  Read more

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

From USD $156.45

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