August 5 is the Feast of the Dedication of St. Mary Major, which happens to be my favorite church in Rome. Here you can read all about this glorious basilica.
The Borghese Chapel, with the image of Our Lady known as the ‘Salus Populi Romani” (Salvation of the Roman people), attributed to St. Luke the Evangelist
The dome of the Borghese Chapel
One of the basilica’s vestments
Pope St. Pius V in the Blessed Sacrament Chapel of the basilica. The ring on his finger was donated by Napoleon Bonaparte.
The tomb of Gian Lorenzo Bernini in the basilica
The tomb of Pope Clement IX in the basilica. He had been canon and vicar of the basilica, and died on Dec. 9, 1669, in his 69th year, after a pontificate of 2 years, 5 months, and 19 days.
Statue of Pope Sixtus V in the Blessed Sacrament Chapel
From the statue of Pope Sixtus V, just beyond the Blessed Sacrament altar, you can see the tomb of Pope St. Pius V.
The rear of the basilica
The altar in the confessio which contains relics from the crib of Christ. The reliquary was donated by Napoleon Bonaparte.
A close-up of the reliquary
The altar in the confessio seen from behind the statue of Bl. Pope Pius IX
The portico of the basilica
Another image from the portico
From the portico
Statue of Our Lady on the facade of the basilica
Statue of St. Charles Borromeo on the facade. He had been archpriest of the basilica.
The facade of the basilica
Another image of the facade with a complete shot of the bell tower