Dedicated to the Blessed Virgin Mary the church was first founded by Pope Liberius and financed by patrician and his wife who were childless and decided to leave their fortune to the Blessed Virgin who appeared to them in a dream and told them to build a church in her honour.Should you stay here in August on August the 5th white rose petals are dropped from the dome during the mass to commemorate the the legend dating back to possibly 358 when a miraculous snowfall outlined the plan of the church.Trastevere is one of the oldest and most vibrant areas of the city showing the real roman life and offering a variety of some of the best pizzerias and trattorias that the city has to offer.Santa Maria in Trastevere is the oldest church dedictaed to the Virgin and at this actual site 38 b.c a fountain of oil flowed for an entire day which was later interpreted by Christians as a sign of the birth of the Saviour.Directly in front of the church is the roman obelisk which dates back to Imperial age from the Garden of Sallustio but as can be appreciated today it was moved to the front of the Trinità dei Monti in prder to create a focal link between the church and the stairwell.This church should be seen in all it's splendour both during the day and illuminated by night.The church leaves a wondeful impression at first sight with an eye catching medieval mosaic that adorns the exterior and shows the Virgin and Child and a procession of 10 vergens approaching from both sides.One of the 4 patriarchal basilicas of Rome and centrally located nearby to the colosseum.
Although a little bit out of the city centre it can be easily reached by Metro and is well worth the visit.
There is a strict code of dress within the churches and please note that shoulders and knees must be covered when entering any of the cities churches and controls are especially thorough at the Vatican where you will be turned away should these requirements not be respected.
Traditionally believed to have been erected over the spot where Stant.
Supposedly founded by the Emperor Constantine in 320 using one large chamber of the Sessorian Palace to house the relics brought by his mother Helen from Jerusalem.
For art lovers this is also an ideal place to feast your eyes upon the works of Pannini.