"Santa Maria Maggiore" Basilica Santa Maria Maggiore Tip by Willettsworld

Basilica Santa Maria Maggiore, Rome: 74 reviews and 182 photos


The church, also called Basilica Liberiana, is linked to the vision of Pope Liberio on the night of August 5th 352, when the Virgin asked him to build a church on the place where the snow would fall the following day. So, when the miracle happened, the Pope built the church. The holy building, shaped like a basilica, was modified and renovated many times during the centuries and the Sforza Chapel and the Cesi Chapel were added afterwards. The fašade was built by Ferdinando Fuga between 1743 and 1750, it stands on a short flight of steps and it is made up of two orders: the porch with five openings on the lower part, the loggia with three arches on the upper part with the mosaics of the 13th century portraying scenes of Christ and some Apostles, the Virgin Mary and some Saints. Interesting is the 75-metre high Romanic bell tower, the highest in Rome. The inside is divided into one nave and two aisles and it is 86 metres long, with a wooden ceiling dating back to the 15th century, whilst the floor dates back to the 12th century. Visitors can admire the monuments of Pope Nicholas IV and Clement IX. In the right aisle is the Baptistery with christening font and altar, whose great high-relief was made by Pietro Bernini, Gian Lorenzo's father.

Open: 7am-7pm daily.

Phone: +39 06 698 86800
Website: http://www.vatican.va/various/basiliche/sm_maggiore/index_fr.html

Review Helpfulness: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Written Jul 27, 2005
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