Papal Basilicas of Rome: Santa Maria Maggiore

Continuing with with Rome’s Papal Basilicas, today we will profile Santa Maria Maggiore.

Santa Maria Maggiore in Rome
Back view of Santa Maria Maggiore in Rome

Santa Maria Maggiore
Address: Via Liberiana, 27 (Esquilino)
Phone: 06-483-195
Getting There: Metro Line A (Termini) or B (Termini or Cavour); Buses 16, 27, 70, 71
History: The largest church in Rome dedicated to the Virgin Mary, Santa Maria Maggiore has maintained its paleo-Christian foundations, which date back to the 5th century, has 12th-century mosaics, and it also contains relics of the Holy Crib. Rome’s most prolific artist, Gianlorenzo Bernini, is also entombed here.
What’s Cool: According to legend, this church was built on the hill where a miraculous snow fell on August 5 (obviously a miraculous sign if you’ve ever been in Rome in August!).

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