St. Mary Major is a unique and priceless masterpiece of early Christianity, a relic of a bygone era. Unlike every other major basilica in Rome, the greater part of the interior of St. Mary Major has not changed since the 5th century. This is important because the 5th century witnessed the transformation of the pagan Roman world into the Christian Roman world, the translation of classical culture into early Christianity, and the subsequent
emergence of the Catholic Church as the formative influence in the West following the fall of Rome.
This audio tour examines the incredible history of St. Mary Major, highlighting the great moments of this church’s 1600-year history.