Santa Maria Maggiore
I took this photo pointing to the main entrance of Santa Maria Maggiore, one of the four major Basilicas of Rome, because it pointed out to me the strange position of this church. The grubby old sign tells a tale of a highly important church in the middle of an area that isn’t the nicest. Don’t get me wrong, the Esquilino isn’t dangerous, but the entire back of the church along Piazza Esquilino (which is the facade shown to the left of the sign) has been cordoned off by barriers for years, I’m assuming to keep people from simply lounging around and setting up camp, which is what happens in the small sections that aren’t blocked off. Supposedly Alemanno wants to clean up the square in back, starting with the restoration of some sculptures there….we shall see!