Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore - Rome live camView of the Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore in Rome

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    • 2 months ago
    • Herman Gevaert

    Goede morgen uit Brugge

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    • 2 months ago
    • MEL

    Had the pleasure of going inside this Basilica two days ago and it was amazing!

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    • 5 months ago
    • Coraline

    6/2/2018 08:55
    I'm glad to see there aren't any armed soldiers any longer. The last few times I've checked this camera I haven't seen them. It's a good sign.

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    • 6 months ago
    • Sharron Reynolds

    I have just been reading Gert's message some time back. Does anyone know why we have not heard from him recently?

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    • 7 months ago
    • Mel

    Woman waving like mad 20 42pm!

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    • 11 months ago
    • Capture Sam

    12dec17--A Thank You to our host, B & B, GLAM SM MAGGIORE , for sponsoring this 'live cam' view on the façade of the Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore, one of the four papal basilicas of Rome, majestic.

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    • 1 year ago
    • Gert

    It's back. I was wondering where this camera disappeared to?

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    • 1 year ago
    • Joseph

    Welcome back!

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    • 1 year ago
    • Yvan

    This is a MUST hit basilica in Rome, while is big outside, wait until you get inside, because you'll be blown away by the dimensions, grandiose, and history. I went to this place on January 2017, stayed at a great B&B near by (Circle Maggiore), only 3 tram stops from it.

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    • 2 years ago
    • Jetzen

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY ROMA !!! 21ST OF APRIL

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    • 2 years ago
    • Linda Seuneke

    Janey and Audrey, glad you found the information useful, I have "attended" some beautiful services.

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    • 2 years ago
    • Audrey Mason

    Truly amazing being able to see the service taking place, thanks Linda for the information re Vatican tv.

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    • 2 years ago
    • Janey

    Linda S. - Thank you for posting about Vatican TV. I was able to watch a service being held. Listening to mass and singing -- beautiful! Sweet-faced little children singing in the choir are like angels.

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    • 2 years ago
    • Linda Seuneke

    You're welcome Teddy, if you go into Vatican t.v. Live, they often broadcast the special services attended by the Pope, and you can find his schedule for coming events. Really interesting to see the services and the inside of these magnificent churches.

Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore - Rome

The Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore, also known as Our Lady of the Snows, is one of Rome’s four papal major basilicas. The church rises on the Esquiline Hill, it is property of the Holy See although it does not fall within the territory of the Vatican City State.

According to the legend, the origin of the Basilica is linked to a miraculous summer snowfall! The construction of the cathedral is attributed to Pope Liberius and Roman Patrician John; John and his wife promised to donate their assets to the Virgin Mary, but anxiously awaited a clear sign indicating exactly how to proceed. In 352 the Virgin Mary appeared to Pope Liberius and John in a dream and told them that a church was to be erected in her honor in the very spot where snow would fall. On the morning of August 5th, right in the middle of a torrid Roman summer, fresh snow began to fall. In obedience to the vision of Mary the two had received that same night, Liberius marked the perimeter of the church and John financed its construction.

No traces remain of the Liberian Basilica, as this first structure was called (some believe it never actually existed). The cathedral we can admire today was built under Pope Sixtus III honoring the decision made by the Council of Ephesus in 431 AD proclaiming Mary “Mother of God”. The Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore is also Rome’s largest Marian church, it was built on Hellenistic principles presenting a nave and two side aisles separated by 21 columns. Sixtus III also commissioned 42 beautiful panels, narrative mosaics replicating biblical scenes from the old testament positioned along the nave and across the triumphal arch.

Tune into our live cam broadcasting from Santa Maria Maggiore in Rome for a magnificent view of this stunning basilica!

 

Fun Facts

Every year on August 5th the “Miracle of Snow” is celebrated, a magical Roman tradition (also known as Dedicatio Sanctae Mariae ad Nives) reenacting the incredible event; from the basilica’s bell tower thousands of white rose petals are thrown slowly falling on the crowd below. Rome’s Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore was also once referred to as Saint Mary of the Crib as it preserves what are believed to be relics of the manger where Jesus was placed upon birth in Bethlehem.

Cam on-line since: 05/31/2016