The main Trastevere's Church. It's full of art and charme. It really deserves a visit!
Perhaps the most famous church in this district, it's one of four papal basilicas and Rome's largest Marian church. Built in 430 AD it has had constant additions and alterations to create the highly decorated basilica you see today.Piazza Madonna dei Monti is the center of civic life for the neighborhood, little kids kick balls while old ladies gossip by day; while teens and 20-somethings come out in droves in the evening to hang out in this piazza. The fountain splashes bubbly background music to any happenings here.
The Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore is the most important and best preserved of Roman churches dedicated to the Madonna. It rises on top of the Esquiline Hill and is the only remaining example of early Christian architecture, even though it has over time been further embellished.
Visit Santa Maria Maggiore (St. Mary Major) if only to see Bernini's magnificant staircase! There are 80 churches in Rome dedicated to Mary. This is the largest and considered the most important, thus, the label "maggiore". Along with St. Peter's, St. John's and St. Paul's, this is one of four papal basilicas in Rome. Dating back to the 5th century, Santa Maria Maggiore has a spectacular interior, with ornate chapels and a gilded ceiling. Admission is free. It is easy to reach, with several metro stops in the vicinity. This is a good place to visit if you are picking up Papal Audience tickets at the Church of Santa Susanna, which is nearby.
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One of the major Basilicas and Rome and a favorite because the crib of Jesus is found here, I am a Marian devotee and I love the story on how the church was built. It came in a dream and the Blessed Mother said where it will snow buiild the church. It was not winter but it did snow so the church dedicated to her was built there.
This is one of the oldest churches in Rome and very beautiful. Cool, dark, romanesque. A 12th century church built over a 4th century basilica. It may well have been one of the first places Christians could worship in public. It has that amazing old dark gilded romanesque feel. The Piazza and church of Santa Maria in Trastevere are beauties. The spacious, quaint piazza with fountain in the center is the meeting point of many in this café-lined area of Rome. The church façade is warmed by fading frescoes and golden mosaics of palm trees and biblical scenes.
Not to be missed and just steps from the door of your apartment! Put a coin in the little machine to the left of the altar to see the mosaics illuminated. Have a coffee or cocktail at the Cafe di Marzio opposite the church for people watching. You can catch weddings coming out of the church in the mornings.
Santa Maria Maggiore is the largest Roman Catholic Marian church in Rome, Italy. The famous painting 'Salus Populi Romani', is the oldest Marian image in Rome. It has been a favourite of several popes and acted as a key Mariological symbol. The mosaics of the nave in Santa Maria Maggiore were the definition of impressionistic art during the time period, and it influenced many pavement mosaics across villas in Africa, Syria and Sicily during the 5th century.
A gorgeous church, one of Rome's papal basilicas.