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Pictures of the basilica on Wikimedia Commons are here. The traditional English version of the name is "St Mary Major".This is confusing to many, but it simply means that this is Rome's principal church dedicated to Our Lady (there are very many others).The basilica is regarded as the most important church worldwide dedicated to Our Lady.It is served and administered by a Chapter of Canons headed by a cardinal, and has the King of Spain as its secular protector and patron.A further complication is that the name Basilica Sicinini occurs in early sources, such as Ammianus Marcellinus.
The first direct documentary reference to it dates from 1288.Unlike the canons at the Lateran, those here are secular priests and not religious.The ancient parish has been appropriated to the church of Santi Vito e Modesto nearby, so the basilica is no longer parochial.However, the ancient building that the archaeologists found in 1966 was not a basilica -and so it seems that Liberius did not build it on the site of the present church.It might have been immediately to one side, or somewhere in the locality, and only some future lucky archaeological discovery would solve the problem of its location.
In 2006, Pope Benedict XVI abolished the title of “patriarchal basilica” formerly given to these four churches.