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- This Wiki is a guide to the churches of Rome. The aim is for each church to have a page, giving a historical outline as well as detailed notes on the architecture and artworks. Also, opening times, details of liturgical events and links to useful websites are provided.
- All the churches in both the city (commune) and the Roman Catholic Diocese of Rome are included. The boundaries of these do not coincide, so here you will find some churches outside the city limits which belong to the Diocese, and conversely several which are in the city but belong to other dioceses
- For those especially interested in the historical churches in the centre of Rome, there is a List of historic churches from which you can browse.
- For information on modern churches and on those that have been demolished, see the List of Catholic churches.
- As at 2015, every single Catholic church has a page. Catholic chapels with separate architectural identities or dedications are also covered. Regretfully, non-Catholic churches are a "Work in Progress".
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- We recommend the World Wikia for general travel information about places all over the world, including Italy and Rome.
- The following websites are very useful, and links to them are in many pages: Diocesan websiteInfo.roma website Armellini's Chiese di RomaThe superb photo galleries of Alvaro de Alvariis
- Covid-19 pandemic. As at April 2021, access to Roman churches remains very uncertain. Owing to this uncertainty, all church access and liturgical timetable notes in this Wiki should be regarded as in abeyance and should not be relied upon. Revision of these will have to wait until the end of the pandemic.
Santa Maria Maggiore is a patriarchal basilica dedicated to the Blessed Virgin Mary. The basilica is also known as Basilica Liberiana after the founder, as Santa Maria della Neve (Our Lady of the Snow) after a miracle associated with it; and as Santa Maria ad Praesepem from the relic of the crib (presepio).
The first church here was founded in the 350's by Pope Liberius, and financed by a Roman patrician and his wife. They were childless, and had decided to leave their fortune to the Blessed Virgin. She appeared to them in a dream and told them to build a church in her honour. It lies on the summit of the Esquiline Hill, which was mainly laid out as gardens in ancient times. Legend claims that the plan of the church was outlined by a miraculous snowfall in August (possibly in 358). The legend is commemorated every year on 5 August, when white rose petals are dropped from the dome during the Mass.
Walking through Santa Maria in Via.
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