Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore – Rome Italy

Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore – Rome Italy
The Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore is the largest Catholic church in Rome. Construction began around 435AD. 
Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore – Rome Italy
Inside the Basilica magnificent sculptures and art can be seen. Catholic Mass is still conducted here. 
Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore – Rome Italy
It was common to have an alter below the main alter of the churches. This was used for special ceremonies and to allow the clergy to be staged for services. 
Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore – Rome Italy
Gold statues and art are everywhere in the Basilica. 
Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore – Rome Italy
The ceilings of the church are decorated beautifully. 
Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore – Rome Italy
The tombs of popes and notable church members are throughout the Basilica. 
Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore – Rome Italy 
Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore – Rome Italy
Beautiful. 
Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore – Rome Italy 
Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore – Rome Italy
Stained glass. 
Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore – Rome Italy 
Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore – Rome Italy 
Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore – Rome Italy
Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore had it’s own water well. 
Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore – Rome Italy 
Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore – Rome Italy 
Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore – Rome Italy

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