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Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore
 

The Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore, also known as Saint Mary of the snow or as the Liberian Basilica (from the name of the traditional founder, Pope Liberius, is one of the four patriarchal basilicas of Rome. Placed on top of the Esquiline Hill, is the only one to have kept the original structure early Christian, albeit enriched by successive additions.

history
It was built by Pope Sixtus III between 432 and 440 and by him dedicated to the cult of the Virgin Mary, the dogma of the divine motherhood which had just been sanctioned by the Council of Ephesus (431).

It was built on a previous church, which wants a widespread tradition has been to inspire the Lady herself appearing in a dream to Pope Liberius and the patrician John and suggesting that the appropriate place would be miraculously indicated. So when the morning of August 5,
Piazza di Santa Maria Maggiore
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