Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore Tour

Cultural & Theme Tours in Northwestern Tuscany

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Discover the 5th century mosaics of Santa Maria Maggiore, a reliquary said to contain a piece of the crib that once held the baby Jesus and see the Sistine Chapel named for Pope Sixtus V. Although enlarged and redecorated, the basilica retains much of its original structure of the fifth century. In the years following the return of the papacy to Rome from Avignon, part of the church was used as a papal residence until the complete renovation of the Vatican palace. To admire its mosaics of the fifth century, a reliquary that is said to contain a piece of the crib that once housed the little Jesus, an ancient icon of the Virgin Mary, the tomb of St. Jerome and the tomb of the artist Gian Lorenzo Bernini.
ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productStop At: Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore, Rome, LazioThe Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore (Italian pronunciation: [ˈsanta maˈriːa madˈdʒoːre]; 'Basilica of Saint Mary Major', Latin: Basilica Sanctae Mariae Maioris),[2] or church of Santa Maria Maggiore, is a Papal major basilica and the largest Catholic Marian church in Rome, Italy, from which size it receives the appellation "major".The basilica enshrines the venerated image of Salus Populi Romani, depicting the Blessed Virgin Mary as the help and protectress of the Roman people, which was granted a Canonical coronation by Pope Gregory XVI on 15 August 1838 accompanied by his Papal bull Cælestis Regina.Duration: 3 hours

What’s included

  • Pick-up
  • Live guide

What’s not included

  • Tips
  • Food and drinks
  • Drop off
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