Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore

This is probably one of my favorite churches in Rome. It is one of the four major Basilicas of Rome along with San Pietro (St. Peters) , San Giovanni and San Paolo.
It dates back to the 300 AD – about 1,700 years ago. The Church still retains it’s basic initial structure and was also the Papal’s residence for awhile.
The art collection is immense from the Romanesque bell tower, to the numerous Byzantine mosaics, to the Borghese chapel and even the Baroque sculptor Bernini was buried in this church.

They say 70% of the world’s art is found in Italy. For me as for many art lovers, the beauty of Italian classical art is that the art is site-specific as can be seen in this church and other churches throughout Italy.

This Church is on many of my “photographic wedding itineraries” when doing the picture tour around Historical Rome as you can see in many of my wedding galleries on my websites. However, if time permits during your stay in Rome is really is worth a longer visit & a good location to send your wedding guests if they are looking for places to see and do.

Please note all the images were taken with my iphone during my Rome Walks ~ so quality of images is not tops but can’t log around professional equipment. When scouting Rome for great picture locations I try to be as light as possible with camera gear & all the rest.

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