On this page visitors may find all of the most important and most-visited religious sights in Rome. The city is crammed with basilicas, churches and religious buildings that draw an incredible number of worshipers and tourists that flock these sites in order to pay their respect, but also just to enjoy the beautiful architecture and richly decorated interiors. All of these religious sites are also very important tourist attractions, because visitors can enjoy breathtaking works of art of some of the most well-known Italian artists, which worked for the church during their artistic careers.
In the Catholic religion Archbasilica of Saint John Lateran is the most important one, even more important than Saint Peter’s basilica in Vatican. Therefore, this is the first destination that any pilgrim would visit in Rome. However, this enormous basilica also draws large numbers of tourists every year who admire its sheer size and its beauty.
Basilica of Saint Paul outside the walls is one of the most important pilgrimage sites in the city. It was built over the burial site of Saint Paul (one of the Apostils of Christ) and for this reason draws a vast number of pilgrims and tourist every year.
Basilica Santa Maria Major is one of the four Papal basilicas in the city of Rome and therefore one of the main stops for pilgrims that flock to the city. Apart from its beauty, it holds some of the oldest mosaics that date back to the 5th century.
This is a unique example of a church incorporated into an ancient Roman structure. It is originally designed by Michelangelo and can be easily missed by tourists since from the outside it looks only like remains of an ancient building typical of Rome.
Basilica di San Pitero in Vincoli is most famous for Michelangelo’s colossal sculpture of Moses. This extremely realistic sculpture is considered to be one of the best Michelangelo’s works of art, and the main reason why so many people visit this church every year.