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Quick Facts

Go Historic ID
318253
names
Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore
Santa Maria Maggiore
coordinates
41.897574° N, 12.498464° E
styles/periods
address
Piazza di Santa Maria Maggiore

Essays on Santa Maria Maggiore

  • Overview

    by Holly Hayes
    May 28, 2011

    Occupying a commanding position on the summit of the Esquiline Hill, the church of Santa Maria Maggiore is considered by many to be the most beautiful church in Rome after St Peter's. It is certainly one of the largest and oldest. It retains its original 5th-century plan, but the exterior sheathing dates almost entirely from the 18th century. The only visible exterior part of the Early Christian basilica is a short length of the clerestory wall, which can be seen from Via dell'Esquilino. continue reading →

Blog Posts on Santa Maria Maggiore

Bibliography of Santa Maria Maggiore

  1. Matilda Webb. The Churches and Catacombs of Early Christian Rome: A Comprehensive Guide. Sussex Academic Press: Brighton. 2001. Print. Includes details on all mosaics.
  2. Barber, Annabel and Alta Macadam. Blue Guide Rome, 10th ed.. Blue Guides Limited of London. 2009. Print.

Article Info

Submitted by
Holly Hayes
Published
October 8, 2013
Last updated
July 11, 2014