Santa Maria Maggiore Today

 

The Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore seen from the air. The photograph clearly shows how dramatically the original fifth-century building has been transformed by later additions in its long history.

The facade of Santa Maria Maggiore seen from the Via Merulana to the south. Note Fuga's eighteenth-century facade and the fourteenth-century belltower.

The rear facade of Santa Maria Maggiore with the obelisk behind the apse erected in 1587 by Sixtus V.