Situated on the summit of the Esquiline Hill, St. Mary Major is the only one of the four patriarchal basilicas to have retained its paleo-Christian structures.
|St. Mary Major (Santa Maria Maggiore), Esquiline Hill, Rome|
|Interior - St. Mary Major|
In the crypt under the high altar lies the celebrated relic known as the Holy Crib. A statue of Pope Pius IX kneeling before the ancient wooden pieces of the manger serves as an example to the faithful who come to see the first humble crib of the Savior.