Cyril and Methodius Route – Cultural Route of the Council of Europe

Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore
Rome

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Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore

Located in the heart of Rome, Santa Maria Maggiore stands as a testament to centuries of history, devotion, and architectural grandeur. This magnificent basilica, also known as the Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore, is one of the four major Papal Basilicas in Rome and a renowned pilgrimage site. Stepping inside, visitors are greeted by a breathtaking fusion of art, mosaics, and ornate decorations that have evolved over time. With its origins tracing back to the 5th century, Santa Maria Maggiore holds a rich tapestry of legends and religious significance.

The Basilica represents several architectural styles, from early Christianity to Baroque. It was renovated during the 18th century. Moreover, Santa Maria Maggiore retains the bell tower, where mosaics and marble floors are from the medieval period, and some Ionic columns from ancient Roman buildings.The key viewpoint that made Santa Maria Maggiore a significant cornerstone in the church building during the early 5th century was the beautiful mosaics found on the triumphal arch and nave.

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Viaggio a Roma:
Santa Maria Maggiore

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Teaching resources: Santa Maria Maggiore

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Roman Station Church:
Santa Maria Maggiore

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Information from history

HISTORY OF THE BASILICA

In this church in 867, Pope Hadrian II, in the presence of Saints Cyril and Methodius, placed the Slavonic service books on the main altar, thus approving them and allowing their use.

Where to get tourist information?

Contacts

Basilica Papale di Santa Maria Maggiore

Piazza di Santa Maria Maggiore 30, 00185 Rome - Municipio I, Italy
tel. +39 06 698 86800
e-mail: accoglienza.smm@basilica.va
web: www.basilicasantamariamaggiore.va

Moravian Slovakia Museum

Smetanovy sady 179, 686 01 Uherské Hradiště
tel. +420 572 556 556
e-mail: info@slovackemuzeum.cz
web: www.slovackemuzeum.cz

Velehrad Tourist Centre

Salašská 328, 687 06 Velehrad
tel. 723 984 080
e-mail: ticvelehrad@email.cz
web: www.velehrad.cz

How to get to basilica?

To get to Santa Maria Maggiore using public transportation, you can take metro line A and get off at Termini or Repubblica or metro line B to Termini station.

Once you arrive at Termini, exit from Via Marsala, located on the left side of the station, when facing the metro tracks. From there, you walk straight for about 200 meters, and you should have reached the basilica. You can also take the train from the city’s outskirts.

Alternatively, you can take the bus to Piazza dell’Esquilino, just a few steps away from the basilica.

Several bus lines stop at this square, including the 16, 75, and 714.

If you prefer, you can also walk there on the way to or back from another destination. The basilica is about 15 to 20 minutes from the Trevi fountain, piazza Venezia or the Colosseum.