The Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore was just a block from our B&B in Rome Italy so it was only minutes after our arrival that I was out and taking photos there! You don't have to go far to indulge yourself in sumptuous architecture! This is just the portico where you get lost in the beauty before you even get inside. Pursuant to the Lateran Treaty of 1929 between the Holy See and Italy, the Vatican fully owns the Basilica, and Italy is legally obligated to recognize its full ownership and to concede to it "the immunity granted by International Law to the headquarters of the diplomatic agents of foreign States". Santa Maria Maggiore is one of Rome's sites listed on the UNESCO World Heritage list. NOT SO FUN FACT: Bernard Francis Law was posted as Archpriest of the Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore after resigning from his position in Boston in the wake of the sex scandals. He resigned from this position upon reaching the age of 80 in November 2011.
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