Santa Maria Maggiore Rome, Italy c. 420-40
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.
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- Go Historic ID
- Basilica di Santa Maria MaggioreSanta Maria Maggiore
- 41.897574° N, 12.498464° E
- Piazza di Santa Maria Maggiore
Overviewby 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 →
Rome Day 2Posted November 16, 2010 by Holly Hayes Part of: UK and Western Europe
Greetings from beautiful Venice, where it has rained most of the evening but it is spectacular anyway. We are here for three nights, and look forward to a full day of exploring tomorrow. But first, there is more Rome to share. Thursday morning our walking route took us past two nice surprises - a supermarket…
- Barber, Annabel and Alta Macadam. Blue Guide Rome, 10th ed.. Blue Guides Limited of London. 2009. Print.
- Matilda Webb. The Churches and Catacombs of Early Christian Rome: A Comprehensive Guide. Sussex Academic Press: Brighton. 2001. Print. Includes details on all mosaics.