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The Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore is the largest church in Rome dedicated to the 'Virgin Mary'. The church, which dates back to the fifth century, has a magnificent interior with a quite spectacular gilded ceiling and ornate chapels.

Santa Maria Maggiore (St. Mary Major) is one of four papal basilicas in Rome (the others are the St. Peter's Basilica, the St. John's Basilica and the St. Paul's Basilica). The church is located on the Cispius, a summit of the Esquiline Hill.

The name of the church ("major") implies that it is the most important of the eighty churches in Rome that are dedicated to Mary. Source: aviewoncities.com

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