Main altar of the Sistine Chapel in the Basilica of Saint Mary Major in Rome Italy. This chapel of the Blessed Sacrament is named after Pope Sixtus V, and is not to be confused with the Sistine Chapel of the Vatican, named after Pope Sixtus IV. The main altar in the chapel has four gilded bronze angels by Sebastiano Torregiani, holding up the ciborium, which is a model of the chapel itself.
Main altar of the Sistine Chapel in the Basilica of Saint Mary Major in Rome Italy. This chapel of the Blessed Sacrament is named after Pope Sixtus V, and is not to be confused with the Sistine Chapel of the Vatican, named after Pope Sixtus IV. The main altar in the chapel has four gilded bronze angels by Sebastiano Torregiani, holding up the ciborium, which is a model of the chapel itself.
Tomb of Pope Pius V in the Basilica of Saint Mary Major in Rome Italy.The architect Domenico Fontana designed the chapel, which contains the tombs of Sixtus V himself and of his early patron Pope Pius V
Tomb of Pope Pius V in the Basilica of Saint Mary Major in Rome Italy.The architect Domenico Fontana designed the chapel, which contains the tombs of Sixtus V himself and of his early patron Pope Pius V
Tomb of Pope Sixtus V the Sistine Chapel in the Basilica of Saint Mary Major in Rome Italy. The architect Domenico Fontana designed the chapel, which contains the tombs of Sixtus V himself and of his early patron Pope Pius V. The main altar in the chapel has four gilded bronze angels by Sebastiano Torregiani, holding up the ciborium, which is a model of the chapel itself.
The dome of the Sistine Chapel in the Basilica of Saint Mary Major in Rome Italy. This chapel of the Blessed Sacrament is named after Pope Sixtus V, and is not to be confused with the Sistine Chapel of the Vatican, named after Pope Sixtus IV
Tomb of Pope Pius V in the Basilica of Saint Mary Major in Rome Italy.The architect Domenico Fontana designed the chapel, which contains the tombs of Sixtus V himself and of his early patron Pope Pius V
The apse of the Basilica of Saint Mary Major in Rome Italy. The apse at the head of the nave is illustrated with magnificent mosaics. The central medallion of the apse shows the Coronation of the Virgin. Jesus and Mary are seated on a large oriental throne. The Son is placing a jeweled crown on Mary's head. The construction of the church was tied to the Council of Ephesus of 431 AD, which proclaimed Mary Theotokos, Mother of God
Candelabra in the shape of an angel in the Basilica of Saint Mary Major in Rome Italy. Particular of the high altar
Borghese or Paolina Chapel and Salus Populi Romani in the Basilica of Saint Mary Major in Rome Italy. The famous icon of the Virgin Mary is known as Salvation of the Roman People, due to a miracle.It is at least a thousand years old, and according to a tradition was painted from life by St Luke the Evangelist
Borghese or Paolina Chapel and Salus Populi Romani in the Basilica of Saint Mary Major in Rome Italy. The famous icon of the Virgin Mary is known as Salvation of the Roman People, due to a miracle.It is at least a thousand years old, and according to a tradition was painted from life by St Luke the Evangelist
Memorial of pope Paulus V in the Borghese Chapel in the Basilica of Saint Mary Major in Rome Italy. Pope Paul V (17 September 1550 – 28 January 1621), born Camillo Borghese, was pope from 16 May 1605 to his death in 1621
Dome of the Borghese Chapel in the Basilica of Saint Mary Major in Rome Italy. The famous icon of the Virgin Mary known as Salvation of the Roman People, due to a miracle is preserved in the chapel
Borghese or Paolina Chapel and Salus Populi Romani in the Basilica of Saint Mary Major in Rome Italy. The famous icon of the Virgin Mary is known as Salvation of the Roman People, due to a miracle.It is at least a thousand years old, and according to a tradition was painted from life by St Luke the Evangelist
Memorial of pope Paulus V in the Borghese Chapel in the Basilica of Saint Mary Major in Rome Italy. Pope Paul V (17 September 1550 – 28 January 1621), born Camillo Borghese, was pope from 16 May 1605 to his death in 1621
Memorial of pope Paulus V in the Borghese Chapel in the Basilica of Saint Mary Major in Rome Italy. Pope Paul V (17 September 1550 – 28 January 1621), born Camillo Borghese, was pope from 16 May 1605 to his death in 1621
Memorial of Pope Clement VIII in the the Borghese Chapel in the Basilica of Saint Mary Major in Rome Italy. Pope Paul V, born Ippolito Aldobrandini, was Pope from 2 February 1592 to his death in 1605
Borghese or Paolina Chapel and Salus Populi Romani in the Basilica of Saint Mary Major in Rome Italy. The famous icon of the Virgin Mary is known as Salvation of the Roman People, due to a miracle.It is at least a thousand years old, and according to a tradition was painted from life by St Luke the Evangelist
The apse and the high altar of the Basilica of Saint Mary Major in Rome Italy. As a papal basilica, Santa Maria Maggiore is often used by the pope. St. Mary Major is one of the only four churches that hold the title of "major basilica in Rome
The apse and the high altar of the Basilica of Saint Mary Major in Rome Italy. As a papal basilica, Santa Maria Maggiore is often used by the pope. St. Mary Major is one of the only four churches that hold the title of "major basilica in Rome
The apse and the high altar of the Basilica of Saint Mary Major in Rome Italy. As a papal basilica, Santa Maria Maggiore is often used by the pope. St. Mary Major is one of the only four churches that hold the title of "major basilica in Rome
Lateral chapels of the Basilica of Saint Mary Major in Rome Italy. As a papal basilica, Santa Maria Maggiore is often used by the pope. St. Mary Major is one of the only four churches that hold the title of major basilica in Rome
Lateral chapels of the Basilica of Saint Mary Major in Rome Italy. As a papal basilica, Santa Maria Maggiore is often used by the pope. St. Mary Major is one of the only four churches that hold the title of major basilica in Rome
Lateral chapels of the Basilica of Saint Mary Major in Rome Italy. As a papal basilica, Santa Maria Maggiore is often used by the pope. St. Mary Major is one of the only four churches that hold the title of major basilica in Rome
Lateral chapels of the Basilica of Saint Mary Major in Rome Italy. As a papal basilica, Santa Maria Maggiore is often used by the pope. St. Mary Major is one of the only four churches that hold the title of major basilica in Rome
Main nave of the Basilica of Saint Mary Major in Rome Italy. As a papal basilica, Santa Maria Maggiore is often used by the pope. St. Mary Major is one of the only four churches that hold the title of major basilica in Rome
Main nave of the Basilica of Saint Mary Major in Rome Italy. As a papal basilica, Santa Maria Maggiore is often used by the pope. St. Mary Major is one of the only four churches that hold the title of major basilica in Rome
Marble sculpture of pope Pius IX in the Crypt of the Nativity in the Basilica of Saint Mary Major in Rome Italy. A statue of Pope Pius IX kneeling before the ancient wooden pieces of the manger serves as an example to the faithful who come to see the first humble crib of the Savior. Pius IX's devotion to the Holy Crib led him to commission the crypt chapel. The statue of Pius IX, the Pope of the Immaculate Conception, was sculpted by Ignazio Jacometti and placed in the crypt by Leo XIII
Main nave of the Basilica of Saint Mary Major in Rome Italy. As a papal basilica, Santa Maria Maggiore is often used by the pope. St. Mary Major is one of the only four churches that hold the title of major basilica in Rome
Side altar in the Basilica of Saint Mary Major in Rome Italy. As a papal basilica, Santa Maria Maggiore is often used by the pope. St. Mary Major is one of the only four churches that hold the title of major basilica in Rome
The Baptistery of Saint Mary Major in Rome Italy. As a papal basilica, Santa Maria Maggiore is often used by the pope. St. Mary Major is one of the only four churches that hold the title of major basilica in Rome
The Baptistery of Saint Mary Major in Rome Italy. As a papal basilica, Santa Maria Maggiore is often used by the pope. St. Mary Major is one of the only four churches that hold the title of major basilica in Rome
Tomb in the Basilica of Saint Mary Major in Rome Italy. As a papal basilica, Santa Maria Maggiore is often used by the pope. St. Mary Major is one of the only four churches that hold the title of major basilica in Rome
The Baptistery of Saint Mary Major in Rome Italy. As a papal basilica, Santa Maria Maggiore is often used by the pope. St. Mary Major is one of the only four churches that hold the title of major basilica in Rome
Confessionals in the Basilica of Saint Mary Major in Rome Italy.As a papal basilica, Santa Maria Maggiore is often used by the pope. St. Mary Major is one of the only four churches that hold the title of major basilica in Rome
High altar and apsis mosaic in the Basilica of Saint Mary Major in Rome Italy. The central medallion of the apse shows the Coronation of the Virgin. Jesus and Mary are seated on a large oriental throne. The Son is placing a jeweled crown on Mary's head
The Crypt of the Nativity under the High Altar in the Basilica of Saint Mary Major in Rome Italy. Under the high altar of the basilica is the Crypt of the Nativity or Bethlehem Crypt, with a crystal reliquary designed by Giuseppe Valadier said to contain wood from the Holy Crib of the nativity of Jesus Christ
Lateral chapels of the Basilica of Saint Mary Major in Rome Italy. As a papal basilica, Santa Maria Maggiore is often used by the pope. St. Mary Major is one of the only four churches that hold the title of major basilica in Rome
Holy image of the Virgin Mary in the Basilica of Saint Mary Major in Rome Italy. Tradition has it that the Virgin Mary herself inspired the choice of the Esquiline Hill for the church's construction. The morning of August 5th, the Esquiline Hill was covered with a blanket of snow. St. Mary Major is the only patriarchal basilica of the four in Rome to have retained its paleo-Christian structures. The pope Liberius traced out the perimeter of the basilica in the snow, and the Patrician John financed the construction of the new church
Lateral chapels of the Basilica of Saint Mary Major in Rome Italy. As a papal basilica, Santa Maria Maggiore is often used by the pope. St. Mary Major is one of the only four churches that hold the title of major basilica in Rome
Holy image of the Virgin Mary in the Basilica of Saint Mary Major in Rome Italy. Tradition has it that the Virgin Mary herself inspired the choice of the Esquiline Hill for the church's construction. The morning of August 5th, the Esquiline Hill was covered with a blanket of snow. St. Mary Major is the only patriarchal basilica of the four in Rome to have retained its paleo-Christian structures. The pope Liberius traced out the perimeter of the basilica in the snow, and the Patrician John financed the construction of the new church
Lateral chapels of the Basilica of Saint Mary Major in Rome Italy. As a papal basilica, Santa Maria Maggiore is often used by the pope. St. Mary Major is one of the only four churches that hold the title of major basilica in Rome
Central door of the Basilica of Saint Mary Major in Rome Italy. The central door is made of bronze and was cast by Ludovico Pogliaghi in 1949, displaying episodes from the life of Mary framed by images of Prophets, Evangelists and the four women of the Old Testament who prefigure the Blessed Virgin
The Holy Door in the Basilica of Saint Mary Major in Rome Italy. The new Holy Door, blessed by John Paul II on December 8, 2001 was completed by the sculptor Luigi Mattei and donated to the basilica by the Order of the Knights of the Holy Sepulcher in Jerusalem
The Holy Door in the Basilica of Saint Mary Major in Rome Italy. The new Holy Door, blessed by John Paul II on December 8, 2001 was completed by the sculptor Luigi Mattei and donated to the basilica by the Order of the Knights of the Holy Sepulcher in Jerusalem
Main nave of the Basilica of Saint Mary Major in Rome Italy. As a papal basilica, Santa Maria Maggiore is often used by the pope. St. Mary Major is one of the only four churches that hold the title of major basilica in Rome
Main nave of the Basilica of Saint Mary Major in Rome Italy. As a papal basilica, Santa Maria Maggiore is often used by the pope. St. Mary Major is one of the only four churches that hold the title of major basilica in Rome
Statue of King Phillip IV of Spain in the Basilica of Saint Mary Major in Rome Italy.King Phillip IV of Spain, one of the Basilica's benefactors. The clay model for this sculpture was created by Gian Lorenzo Bernini in the seventeenth century, though Girolamo Lucenti carved the finished work
Particular of the entrance door on the right of the Basilica of Saint Mary Major in Rome Italy. The new holy door was blessed by John Paul II on December 8, 2001
Coffered ceiling of the Basilica of Saint Mary Major in Rome Italy.The coffered ceiling was designed by Giuliano Sangallo. Tradition has it that the first gold brought from the New World, which Isabella and Ferdinand of Spain offered to Alexander VI, was utilized for the ceiling's gilding
High altar and apsis mosaic in the Basilica of Saint Mary Major in Rome Italy. The central medallion of the apse shows the Coronation of the Virgin. Jesus and Mary are seated on a large oriental throne. The Son is placing a jeweled crown on Mary's head
Entrance of the Borghese Chapel in the Basilica of Saint Mary Major in Rome Italy. The famous icon of the Virgin Mary known as Salvation of the Roman People, due to a miracle is preserved in the chapel
Main altar of the Sistine Chapel in the Basilica of Saint Mary Major in Rome Italy. This chapel of the Blessed Sacrament is named after Pope Sixtus V, and is not to be confused with the Sistine Chapel of the Vatican, named after Pope Sixtus IV. The main altar in the chapel has four gilded bronze angels by Sebastiano Torregiani, holding up the ciborium, which is a model of the chapel itself
The apse of the Basilica of Saint Mary Major in Rome Italy. The apse at the head of the nave is illustrated with magnificent mosaics. The central medallion of the apse shows the Coronation of the Virgin. Jesus and Mary are seated on a large oriental throne. The Son is placing a jeweled crown on Mary's head. The construction of the church was tied to the Council of Ephesus of 431 AD, which proclaimed Mary Theotokos, Mother of God
Candelabra in the shape of an angel in the Basilica of Saint Mary Major in Rome Italy. Particular of the high altar
Borghese or Paolina Chapel and Salus Populi Romani in the Basilica of Saint Mary Major in Rome Italy. The famous icon of the Virgin Mary is known as Salvation of the Roman People, due to a miracle.It is at least a thousand years old, and according to a tradition was painted from life by St Luke the Evangelist
Memorial of pope Paulus V in the Borghese Chapel in the Basilica of Saint Mary Major in Rome Italy. Pope Paul V (17 September 1550 – 28 January 1621), born Camillo Borghese, was pope from 16 May 1605 to his death in 1621
The nave mosaics in the Basilica of Saint Mary Major in Rome Italy. The nave mosaics recount four cycles of Sacred History featuring Abraham, Jacob, Moses and Joshua. They are among the eldest christian mosaics in Rome
Rose window in stained glass in the Basilica of Saint Mary Major in Rome Italy. A new, rose window in stained glass was created for the main façade by Giovanni Hajnal. It reaffirms the declaration of the Second Vatican Council that Mary, the exalted daughter of Zion, is the link that unites the Church to the Old Testament
Night shoot of the Basilica of Saint Mary Major in Rome Italy. As a papal basilica, Santa Maria Maggiore is often used by the pope. St. Mary Major is one of the only four churches that hold the title of major basilica in Rome
Night shoot of the Basilica of Saint Mary Major in Rome Italy. As a papal basilica, Santa Maria Maggiore is often used by the pope. St. Mary Major is one of the only four churches that hold the title of major basilica in Rome
Night shoot of the Basilica of Saint Mary Major in Rome Italy. As a papal basilica, Santa Maria Maggiore is often used by the pope. St. Mary Major is one of the only four churches that hold the title of major basilica in Rome
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