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Rome: Miracle of the Madonna of the Snow
August 5 @ 7:00 am - 7:00 pm
An event every year that begins at 7:00 am on day 5 of August, repeating indefinitely
According to legend, in 352 AD, a rich and bored Roman gentleman experienced a vivid dream in which the Virgin Mary told him that a certain hill in Rome would be covered in snow in the morning, and that he should then use his money to build a church on that site.
Being that Rome was deep in a steamy summer in the beginning of August, the gentleman didn’t think much of this prophecy, but decided to test it out nonetheless. Pope Liberius was also having a very similar dream. The gentleman and the Pope bumped into one another, then ran together towards the hill, where they both observed snow falling…
Today this is the home of the Church of Santa Maria Maggiore. The miracle is re-enacted every August.