Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore, Roma, Italia

Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore, Roma, Italia

Rome - Basilica Santa Maria Maggiore, province of Rome Lazio

Rome - Basilica Santa Maria Maggiore, province of Rome Lazio

The Papal Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore, Rome.  We heard a beautiful choir rehearsing in this church. Spent hours there.

The Papal Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore, Rome. We heard a beautiful choir rehearsing in this church. Spent hours there.

Santa Maria sopra Minerva Catholic Church, Rome, Italy by Bob Kent

Santa Maria sopra Minerva Catholic Church, Rome, Italy by Bob Kent

Santa Maria Maggiore stands on the site of a temple to the goddess Cybele. According to a 13th-century legend, the first church was built here by Pope Liberius (352-66), on the site of an apparition of the Blessed Virgin Mary. The legend has it that the Virgin appeared to Pope Liberius and the patrician Giovanni Patrizio on August 4, 352 (or 358), instructing them to build a church on the Esquiline Hill

Santa Maria Maggiore stands on the site of a temple to the goddess Cybele. According to a 13th-century legend, the first church was built here by Pope Liberius (352-66), on the site of an apparition of the Blessed Virgin Mary. The legend has it that the Virgin appeared to Pope Liberius and the patrician Giovanni Patrizio on August 4, 352 (or 358), instructing them to build a church on the Esquiline Hill

Santa Maria Maggiore - Rome, Italy

Santa Maria Maggiore - Rome, Italy

Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore in Rome, said to be the most important church dedicated to the Virgin Mary in Western Christendom.  The columns are not all alike.  Most are  marble.  Four are granite and are said to have been taken from a pagan temple to Juno nearby.

Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore in Rome, said to be the most important church dedicated to the Virgin Mary in Western Christendom. The columns are not all alike. Most are marble. Four are granite and are said to have been taken from a pagan temple to Juno nearby.

Bergamo Alto, Lombardia, Italy - Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore.

Bergamo Alto, Lombardia, Italy - Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore.

Piazza dell'Esquilino with the Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore in the background,  Rome, Italy

Piazza dell'Esquilino with the Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore in the background, Rome, Italy

The papal Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore in Rome

The papal Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore in Rome

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