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August 5 forecasted snow in Rome
04 August 2015

August 5 forecasted snow in Rome

As every year to commemorate the miracle linked to the Madonna of the Snow, 5 August, in the Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore it will be revived, thanks to a medieval re-enactment, the miracle of snow in Rome.

The history
Pope Sixtus III ordered the construction of the basilica dedicated to Our Lady after she appeared in a dream to Pope Liberius, indicating the place where the church was to be built, why it was built on the Esquiline Hill in 432.

After the dream, on the morning of 358, a snowfall whitened the hill and Pope Liberius traced with a stick the perimeter within which was built this beautiful Basilica.

The Basilica consists of three aisles divided by 21 columns and the central nave entered light enters through the 21 windows, some of which, over time, were closed.

With the first Jubilee in 1300 we were the first architectural work on the Basilica, one of these was the construction of the chapel of the crib, and the statues that made it up now you can find them in the museum of the Basilica.

In the fifteenth century was the time of the restoration on the ceiling decorated by many carvings decorated with gold leaf, some say that the precious metal that was used for the first time coming from Peru and given to the Church by a Spanish king.

Medieval re-enactment
To commemorate this historic event in Rome, thirty years from now, it is proposed the Miracle of the Snow in August. Thanks to the play of light and sound will play snow.

Thanks to the play of light and sound will play snow. August 5, from 21:00 to 24:00, music and colors will be the prelude to one of the most ancient traditions he waited for the Romans, to the snowfall of white rose petals that fall from the coffered ceiling in the basilica.

From the early morning, in the Basilica you can participate in liturgical celebrations dedicated to the Virgin Mary, a way to remember a historic event that made this one of the Papal Basilicas most loved by the faithful not only for its artistic importance, but even religious.

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