Church of Santa Maria Maggiore
(St. Mary the Greater)


The Church of Santa Maria Maggiore dates back to 11th-12th centuries; however, it was built on an early-Christian building, a Roman house, built over a pagan temple, turned into a worship place.

Its façade is very simple and is subdivided vertically. Above the main doorway is a rose window dating back to 1162 and signed by “Johannes” (perhaps Giovanni from Gubbio, the same architect who built the Cathedral of San Rufino).

The church of Santa Maria Maggiore was originally Assisi’s cathedral, but Bishop Ugone transferred this title to the church of San Rufino.