About the ChurchOne of the most ancient important churches in Rome is the Church of Santa Maria. The meaning of the name is "Saint Mary of Trastevere". It is located in the Trastevere district, built around the year 340 AD and was the first to have Christian religious ceremonies and open mass ceremonies held inside it.
The current structure was built in the 12th century. It had been destroyed and rebuilt several times before that time. Therefore, it is possible to see elements from different periods in this stunning building. The Popes invested in it quite a lot and transferred many art objects, such as columns from the baths of Caracalla.
The statue of Madonna and baby is in the Church on top of the tower, as well as Affresco drawings on the wall- these are impressive frescoes.
Pay particular attention to mosaics located in various places in the church. On the one side of the basilica there are mosaics from the 13th and 14th centuries, depicting Mary's life. There are those in Apsis during the years 1140 to 1143, and those on the top of the window under Apsis include " Scenes from the life of Mary" telling the story of the Holy Trinity by the painter Pietro Cavallini dating 1291.
Pay attention to the inscription on the "Bishop's Chair". This inscription indicates that this is the first church in Rome dedicated to Mary. However this fact is, historically wrong - the Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore, which was also dedicated to Maria, was established before this one...