Major Papal Basilica Saint Mary Major There is a church on the Esquiline hill, in Rome, called Santa Maria Maggiore or Saint Mary Major. This church is one of four major papal Basilicas and the largest Marian church in Rome. Every year, on August the 5th something strange and beautiful happens around this fascinating church:

It took 120 years to build the Major Papal Basilica of Saint Peter in the Vatican (from 1506, with Pope Julius II, to 1626, with Pope Urban VIII). It was built on the site where another basilica had been previously built by the Emperor Constantine I in the 4th century AD; according to the tradition,

The Capuchin crypts and the church of Our Lady of the Conception of the Capuchins, designed by Michele da Bergamo, was built between 1626 and 1631 and overlooks Via Veneto, which became famous thanks to people like Federico Fellini and Ernest Hemingaway. It is constituted by a small nave overlooked by ten chapels, five on

Santa Maria del Popolo is one of those churches where you can travel in time as far back as 1099 when it was first built under the Pope Pasqual the II. It stands on the very edge of the historical center of the city, right by the main northern gate of Rome called The Flaminian

This hidden gem of Rome, unknown to the tourists, is the church of Santa Maria Addolorata. The church is located in the beautiful neighborhood called Trieste. It was founded by the Argentine priest Msgr. Jose Leon Gallardo with the help of few bishops from Argentina. The groundbreaking ceremony took place on 9 July 1910, to celebrate