Today we’ll take a look at the portico, or entranceway, which I fell in love with and visited several times during my Italian birthday trip with my sister.
I love the lightness to the portico, and the long shadows created by the iron partitions.
The portico was reportedly built in the 18th century AD. The walls are decorated with miscellaneous tombstone inscriptions gathered from the Catacombs of Callixtus.
In addition to being Rome’s oldest church dedicated to the Virgin Mary, Basilica di Santa Maria also holds significance for another reason.
Its location is also apparently where a well of olive oil sprang from the floor at the precise moment Christ was born.
The interior of the church is gorgeous too, with its gold and mosaics. I should write a post about that too.