Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore Italy

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
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Timeline

4 Aug 358
Miraculous Snowfall in Rome
430
Construction begins on Santa Maria Maggiore in Rome
440
Completion of Santa Maria Maggiore
1290
Apse mosaic created by Jacopo Torriti at Santa Maria Maggiore
1300
Facade mosaics added to Santa Maria Maggiore
1377
Creation of brick campanile of Santa Maria Maggiore
1585
Fontana creates Sistine Chapel in Santa Maria Maggiore
1611
Ponzio creates the Borghese Chapel in Santa Maria Maggiore
1743
Fuga creates Baroque facade of Santa Maria Maggiore