Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore

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Piazza di Santa Maria Maggiore, Rome, Italy
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Maurizioago Maurizio…
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Another "not to miss" church. Jan 30, 2018
According to a legend; in august 352 A. D. a wealthy man and pope Liberius had a similar dream about the Virgin who told them to build a church where they would have found snow in Rome. The next day Pope Liberius spotted snow on the top of the Esquiline hill. Soon he made a church built there. A re enactment of the snow fall is held every year on august 5 inside the Paolina chapel with a fall of flowers petals.

This church was rebuilt between 432 and 440. It was modified and enlarged in the XIII century.

Inside you can see a series of mosaics lining the nave and covering the triumphal arch before the altar that date back to the 5th century. There are mosaics in the apse that date to the XIII century as well. The ceiling dates from the 16th century. It is said to be gilded in gold that was bought from America by Columbus. Inside the church there is Bernini' s tomb.

Another thing not to miss in this church is the cappella Sistina. This stunning chapel was commissioned by pope Sisto V in 1587 as his burial place.
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Vipin Vipin
691 reviews
Simple facade, great interior Feb 23, 2010
Located just a short walk away from Rome's Termini train station, this church is the city's largest church which is dedicated to the Blessed Virgin Mary.

Although the facade of the church dates from around the sixteenth century, the origins of the church are believed to be as early as the fifth century. Inside, the mosaics are particularly noteworthy, as well as the Chapel Cistina. Some notable Catholics are also buried there within the crypt, including Saint Jerome.

As this is a papal basilica, the church is used by the Pope too.

This church is definitely worth a quick visit if you are near central Rome.
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