Year of Youth 2018

The Snows of Saint Mary Major

Last edited 5th August 2010

Saint Mary Major - one of the prime basilicas of Rome – appeared in all its grandeur on 5 August 2010, marking its special feast. According to an ancient tradition, on the 5th of August in the year 358, snow covered the Esquiline Hill. The event was foretold in a vision Pope Liberius had of the Virgin Mary, who told him to build a basilica at that place the snow appeared. That marked the origins of the Basilica of Saint Mary Major. Since that time, every August 5th, the Basilica hosts the celebration of the miracle of the snows.

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