Santa Maria Maggiore – In Pictures

Santa Maria Maggiore, Rome, Italy

The Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore is one of the oldest churches in Rome built in 440 AD by Pope Sixtus III.  

It was one of four great pilgrimage churches in Rome, and is a mind-boggling awe-inspiring monument.

Inside, mosaics from the 5th century narrate 36 scenes from the Old Testament, and the wood ceiling is gilded with the first gold brought from the New World.

Santa Maria Maggiore mosaics

Bernini in Santa Maria Maggiore

Gianlorenzo Bernini’s tomb

Santa Maria Maggiore

The Cappella Sforza (Sforza Chapel), designed by Michelangelo, is a feast for the eyes as it soars in perfect symmetry into the heights, drawing your attention to delightful artistic masterpieces at every level.

Santa Maria Maggiore - Sforza Chapel

Santa Maria Maggiore – Sforza Chapel

Santa Maria Maggiore - Sforza Chapel

Which one of these awe-inspiring sections of the Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore is your favorite?

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