St Mary Major Basilica

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It is the fourth largest church in Rome and the largest dedicated to the Virgin Mary. Except some decorations, is the only basilica which still retains its original shape. According to legend, In August of 356 the Virgin appeared to Pope Liberius in a dream and ordered him to build a church on the site where it would snow the following day. The legend of the summer snow is represented in the medieval mosaics in the loggia of the portico.