Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore. Santa Maria was built on the summit of the Esquiline Hill in the 5th century.
The great interior retains its original 5th-century structure, despite the basilica having been much altered over the centuries.
Some of these mosaics are from the 5th century.
During our visit in this church we met this wonderful man – Father Marius Zerafa O.P. Some of our group members know him very well. He is a very kind and knowledgeable man.
He showed us the chapel where St Ignatius celebrated his first Mass.
At the end he gave us a copy of the picture he drew long time ago on a….. napkin:
Our last group picture: