Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore

Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore

Built on the site of a miraculous August snowfall, this major basilica dates from the early 5th century. The huge church is lined with Byzantine mosaics and contains many important relics.

Quick Facts

Go Historic ID
248502
Names
Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore
Santa Maria Maggiore
Affiliations

Timeline

4 Aug 358

Miraculous Snowfall in Rome

430

Construction begins on Santa Maria Maggiore in Rome

440

Completion of Santa Maria Maggiore

1585

Fontana creates Sistine Chapel in Santa Maria Maggiore

1611

Ponzio creates the Borghese Chapel in Santa Maria Maggiore

Bibliography

  1. Matilda Webb. The Churches and Catacombs of Early Christian Rome: A Comprehensive Guide. Brighton: Sussex Academic Press, , pp. 59-64.
  2. Barber, Annabel and Alta Macadam. Blue Guide Rome, 10th ed.. Blue Guides Limited of London, 2009, pp. 293-99.