Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore
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- Basilica di Santa Maria MaggioreMember ofBusiness TravelersLocal CultureOutdoor Enthusiasts+ 14Oct 12, 2013
One of the major Basilicas and Rome and a favorite because the crib of Jesus is found here, I am a Marian devotee and I love the story on how the church was built. It came in a dream and the Blessed Mother said where it will snow buiild the church. It was not winter but it did snow so the church dedicated to her was built there.
- Basilica di Santa Maria MaggioreMember ofBusiness TravelersLocal CultureBudget Travelers+ 2Feb 23, 2014
Beautiful church with high, ornate ceilings and countless altars. It's elaborate and grand and makes you feel small without making you feel insignificant. It's a little known fact that the tomb of Gianlorenzo Bernini rests here; blink and you could miss the step indicating its location. It's also said that there are remnants of Jesus' baby crib kept here, though this is a topic of debate.
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- Basilica di Santa Maria MaggioreDec 18, 2013
I would pass by this church every day on my way to school, and it always took my breath away. The facade is not as extravagant as some other churches in Rome, but just knowing that it is one of the oldest of its kind is impressive enough. The square is great to sit in and people watch, since it's a nice mixture of tourists and neighborhood residents going about their day. Aside from the annoying peddlers, this church is a must-see in Rome.
- Basilica di Santa Maria MaggioreMember ofLocal CultureFoodiesHistory Buffs+ 1Aug 15, 2013
Santa Maria Maggiore has had a church on it since the 13th century. It is the largest of those dedicated to the Virgin Mary, thus the name, Maggiore. Apparently there’s 26 churches in Rome dedicated to Mary. I would have thought there were more. There are lots of golden mosaics on the inside and the wooden coffered and gilded ceiling is a huge expanse.
- Basilica di Santa Maria MaggioreCommunity ManagerMember ofLocal CultureFoodiesBackpackers+ 4Aug 10, 2013
In the heart of Rome sits the grand Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore where major streets converge. The huge church is a great spot to take a break, especially since it's so beautiful. Take in the beautiful mosaics and, for the love of God (literally), don't forget to look up.
- Basilica di Santa Maria MaggioreMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget Travelers+ 2Aug 04, 2013
Santa Maria is a beautiful, historic church in Trastevere, which is located in a local, working class neighborhood in Rome. It's small and lovely and worth a look inside. I tremendously enjoyed it.Recommended for:Budget Travelers
- Basilica di Santa Maria MaggioreJul 03, 2013
The Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore is the most important and best preserved of Roman churches dedicated to the Madonna. It rises on top of the Esquiline Hill and is the only remaining example of early Christian architecture, even though it has over time been further embellished.
Work on the current basilica, which was built on top of an earlier church, was embarked on thanks to a wealthy Roman patrician called Giovanni.
According to legend, Giovanni and his wife, who were without child, dedicated a church to the Virgin Mary who had appeared to them in a dream on the night of 4th/ 5th August 352 A.D.
The Madonna had told them that a miracle would show them the location for them to build the church. Pope Liberius also had the same dream and the following day on arriving on the Esquiline Hill, found it had indeed been miraculously covered in snow.. in the heat of August. Liberius then traced an outline of the location of the planned church, the building of which was financed by the married couple.
This then explains why the basilica is also referred to as Our Lady of the Snow and how, every year on 5th August, the miracle of the snow is commemorated with a cascade of white petals descending from the coffered ceiling onto the altar place, an evocative sight really not to be missed.
- Basilica di Santa Maria MaggioreJun 07, 2013
The most beautiful square in Trastevere! Visit the Basilica of Santa Maria in Trastevere. Then for lunch or dinner you'll have the most celebrated restaurants in Rome: with all the tables watching the square!
Walking distance: 650 yardes, 9 minutes
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Aliases: Basilica of Our Lady in Trastevere, Basilica of Saint Mary Major, Basilica di Santa Maria in Trastevere