Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore is in great condition. It is hard to fathom the consecration was in 434 AD. According to legend, it was built on the site where snow miraculously fell during a summer night. So, it is sometimes called Our Lady of the Snows. Santa Maria Maggiore honors the Blessed Virgin Mary and is considered to be the first Marian church in the city. The bell tower was added during the 14th century. At 246 feet, the campanile is the tallest in Rome.