The Papal Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore

About the Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore

One of 4 Papal Basilicas, this Roman Catholic Church is owned by the Holy See, even though it is not within the Vatican State territory. It is also the largest Catholic Marian Church in Rome. This Basilica honours the Virgin Mary, with Pope Sixtus III (432 – 440) overseeing it’s construction as a commemoration of Mary Mother of God.   

General Information

Address: Piazza di S. Maria Maggiore, 42, 00100 Rome

Telephone: +390669886800


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Ticket Prices


Public Transportation

Metro A – Vittorio Emanuele Stop

*The Basilica is less than a 10 minute walk from the Metro stop.

Several buses stop along Via Liberiana.

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Hours of Operation

7 am to 7 pm – Summer

7 am to 6 pm – Winter

9:30 am to 12 pm – Sundays and Holidays 

Useful Information

The Salus Populi Romani, depicting the Blessed Virgin Mary, is located in the Basilica.

Dress conservatively – thin strapped shirts and short shorts are prohibited. As an alternative, carry a scarf to cover your shoulders and legs while visiting the Basilica.

There are many vendors around Rome that sell cheap scarves.

Photography may not be permitted in some areas.

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