Pope Liberius and the August Snow

Door relief
Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore, Rome

According to the legend, a miraculous snowfall on August 5 led Pope Liberius to choose the site as the location for a new church, which was known at first as the "Liberian" basilica and then later by its present title, Santa Maria Maggiore.

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Photographed at the basilica by Richard Stracke, shared under Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike license.