"Santa Maria Maggiore" Basilica Santa Maria Maggiore Tip by mindcrime
Basilica Santa Maria Maggiore, Rome: 74 reviews and 182 photos
Santa Maria Maggiore is a beautiful basilica dedicated to Virgin Mary which supposed to have chosen the spot through a weird miracle of falling snow upon the spot!
It was built in 440AD and although I already knew that it?s great to visit I was shocked of the amazing interior! We closed the guide books and checked the beautiful mosaics, the greek columns, the floor, the coffered gilded ceiling (designed by Giuliano da Sangallo in 16th century with gold from Spain, probably the first gold that brought from America)
We spent a lot of time walking around the numerous corners checking the details, and at the end we visited the reliquary crypt (pic 4) that you can see a statue of Pope Pius IX(pic 5).
It?s open daily 7.00-19.00
Directions: At the Esquiline Hill
Phone: +39 06 6988 6800
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