Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore, Bergamo BG, Italy

The church was founded in 1137 on the site of another church from the 8th century dedicated to St Mary, which had been in turn erected over a Roman temple of the Clemence. The high altar was consecrated in 1185 and in 1187 the presbytery and the transept wings were completed. Due to financial troubles, the works dragged for the whole 13th–14th centuries. The bell tower was built from 1436. During the first years of 1100, a terrible plague breakout spread across Europe, That’s why the people of Bergamo decided to ask the Virgin Mary to assist them in return they bulilt this stunning church.

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