S Maria Maggiore Basilica
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This image of Santa Maria Maggiore Basilica in Rome is part of one of the panoramic images found on the PanoramicEarth.com Tour of Rome. There are over 100 images taken from around Rome linked to an interactive map.
S Maria Maggiore is one of the most important churches in
S Maria Maggiore is one of the 4 most important churches in
Originally the site was the location to either Juno Lucina, a Roman goddess of fertility, who was often called Juno Regina (Juno the Queen). The first church was established here in 350 by Pope Liberius, and much of the original interior is still intact. The church hides behind an apsidal façade completed in 1673. The interior of the S Maria Maggiore is 86m long, with 36 columns of Hymettian marble, and 4 granite columns.
Behind the baldacchino, but obscured by it in this picture, are mosaics which date from about 430, and have survived 1600 years. They are in immaculate condition and are the most important mosaics from this period. They depict scenes of the lives of Abraham, Jacob, Isaac, Moses and Joshua from the Old Testament.
This is a very popular sight with pilgrims and tourists, but be warned that those considered to be inappropriately dressed will be refused entry. Because of the popularity, it took about 20 min to wait for a gap in the crowds to capture this shot. The whole image is found on the
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