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Church of Santa Maria Maggiore

The Church of Santa Maria Maggiore was erected by bishop Ecclesius between 525 and 532 and rebuilt in 1671 in baroque style on the basis of a design by Pietro Grossi. The cylindrical bell-tower dates back to the 9th/10th century. Pieces of evidence of the former building are the original columns and their capitals, as well as the inside division into a nave and two side aisles. 

The church hosts late-Renaissance paintings and sculptures and the tomb of the Ravenna architect Camillo Morigia (1743-1795). At the bottom of the left aisle, it is possible to admire a painting by Luca Longhi, that portrays Saint Paul visiting Saint Agatha in prison.


Opening hours

Every day: 9am - 12pm

Entrance fee

Free admission 

How to get there

Santa Maria Maggiore is situated in the controlled traffic zone of the city centre, in a small square just behind the apse of San Vitale. Bus stop Piazza Baracca (route 1). Coach and car park 300m away, guarded car park 150m away. The church is a few steps from Basilica of S. Vitale, Mausoleum of Galla Placidia and National Museum.

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Last modified date: 06/02/2020


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