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St. Maria Maggiore Basilica
Rome - Santa Maria Maggiore Basilica
Santa Maria Maggiore basilica was founded in about AD 420, the fourth church of Rome, it is the largest dedicated to the Virgin.  Famous for its spectacular mosaics and a blend of architectural styles ranging from Early Christian to late Baroque. The column in Piazza Santa Maria Maggiore came from the Basilica of Constantine. In 1611 a bronze of the Virgin and Child was added to the ancient column.