The Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore is the largest Catholic Marian church in the city of Rome. Also known as the Basilica of Saint Mary Major, it is a part of Rome’s four most prominent basilicas which makes it a must visit monument in the city. The church is known for its massive size, marvellous interiors and the masterpieces created by the best of that time. The construction of the different parts of church has happened in different phases of history which is what makes it so unique and popular.
The Basilica is as beautiful and alluring from inside as it is from the outside. Various architectural styles can be seen ranging from early Christian to Baroque owing to its construction at different phases. The mosaics and the marble floors date back to the fifth century, whereas the facades and some interiors come from the restoration of the monument in the 18th century. The domes, the chapel and the columns are in traditional Baroque style, and the inner paintings on the ceiling can be credited to the Renaissance Era. The Bell Tower is considered to be the highest in Rome with a height of 75 metres.
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