Rome, Italy

Santa Maria Maggiore, Rome, Italy

Santa Maria Maggiore is one of Rome's largest churches. It stands near the top of the Esquiline Hill. It began life in the 5th Century and the core of the Church survives from that era. Much of what is visible from the outside dates 12th and 17th Centuries when two great periods of church building occurred across Rome.

Sadly the Church was not open when I visited so I couldn't go inside to see some of Rome's finest mosaic work, nor the elaborate tombs of the Cardinals who helped make the Church the size it is.

Photo - Andrew J. Müller

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