Santa Maria Maggiore, Rome, Italy

Steven Dutch, Professor Emeritus, Natural and Applied Sciences, University of Wisconsin - Green Bay

Rear of Santa Maria Maggiore, one of the four great basilicas of Rome. The others are St. John Lateran, St. Paul Outside the Walls, and of course, St. Peter's.
The hills of Rome aren't that obvious because of the buildings, until you start walking up them.
Rear of santa Maria Maggiore

Below: Street Scenes
Ceiling of the portico
I find the floors in some of these cathedrals almost as beautiful as the ceilings.

Side Nave


Main Nave



The baldacchino (baldachin in English, but that just looks clunky) is a canopy over the altar.

Side Chapels


Exterior Views

Santa Maria Maggiore doesn't look all that church-like from outside because the two flanking buildings obscure much of it.

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Created 22 June 2007, Last Update 04 June 2020