"Santa Maria Maggiore" Basilica Santa Maria Maggiore Tip by alloquisha

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

  Almost looks Celtic, no?
by alloquisha

One of the few sights in the Termini vicinity, Santa Maria Maggiore is one of the five great basilicas of Rome. If you are stumbling off your train, it is a welcome sight and introduction to the city.

According to popular legend, the church was erected because Pope Liberius (think waaay back) found a patch of snow in the shape of the basilica on the Esquiline hill - in early August!

The church is rather ornate inside; for me the highlights were the colorful mosaic floors. Interestingly, it reminded me more of a celtic pattern than anything else.

Address: Piazza Esquilino
Directions: At the intersection of Via Cavour and Via Quattro Fontane
Phone: +39 06 6988 6800
Website: http://www.vatican.va/various/basiliche/sm_maggiore/index_fr.html

Review Helpfulness: 2.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Jul 18, 2004
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