The majestic Santa Maria Maggiore

Updated: Aug 23, 2021

The Santa Maria Maggoire is one of Rome's most majestic churches... It's beautiful architecture, it's massive size, all of these simply astounds me! And if you read this article, you will love it even more! So, Come on! Let's Explore!

Trivia Time

Santa Maria Maggiore is the only Roman basilica that retained the core of its original structure despite a number of reconstructions over its history

Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore is one of the greatest basilicas and one of the 4 papal basilicas in Rome

The name Basilica di Santa Maria Maggoire means 'Basilica of Saint Mary Major'


Santa Maria Maggoire was built on a pagan temple. It was founded in the fourth century and has stood there ever since! Mass has been celebrated here every day since it was created. The three passages of its 86-meter long interior are separated by 40 columns of marble and four columns of granite. Rome's oldest mosaics enhance the upper walls, and the floor is decorated with coloured stone in the style of the 12th-century artisans of the Lake Como region.

The Santa Maria Maggoire has been called with different names such as Santa Maria Liberiana (for Pope Liberius), St. Mary of the Nativity (because it obtained a relic of the Holy Nativity). At last, it was finally called Santa Maria Maggiore, as it is the largest of the 26 churches in Rome dedicated to Mother Mary.

How to get there...

How to get there is a big question... Luckily, we have the answer! To reach Rome from India, you need to book a flight from Indira Gandhi International Airport in Delhi, India to Leornado da Vinci International Airport in Fiumicino, Rome. After that, you can easily reach the basilica via the Metro lines A or B at Termini train station. It's only a 5-10 minute walk from there.

Now as I have given you all the information, there is just one thing left for me to do, and as I am saying this, I shall bid auf wiedersehen with a little image for your inspiration... See you next time!


Sunset at Santa Maria Maggoire Basilica

Check out my other posts about Rome:

1. The Ultimate traveller's guide to the Villa Borghese Gallery and Gardens

2. 5 interesting facts about the Pantheon you'll surely want to know!

3. The secrets of the Trevi Fountain...

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