"Gold That Barely Sparkles" Basilica Santa Maria Maggiore Tip by mrclay2000

Basilica Santa Maria Maggiore, Rome: 74 reviews and 182 photos

  ceiling detail, Santa Maria Maggiore
by mrclay2000

The interior of Santa Maria Maggiore is exceptionally dark. Many of the upper windows were covered over, but the ceiling is said to contain some of the first gold brought from the New World. Designs by Michelangelo and Bernini were incorporated into the renovations and completed by others.

Address: 42 Piazza di Santa Maria Maggiore
Directions: a few blocks west of Termini station
Phone: +39 06 698 86800
Website: http://www.vatican.va/various/basiliche/sm_maggiore/index_fr.html

Review Helpfulness: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Written Feb 25, 2003
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