Marymass, or the Feast of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, is celebrated on September 8th, once a national holiday in Italy.
Mary's birth is depicted in a beautiful medieval mosaic, the work of the Roman artist Pietro Cavallini (died c. 1330), in the church of Santa Maria in Trastevere.
My name is David Lown and I am an art historian from Cambridge, England. Since 2001 I have lived in Italy, where I run private walking tours of Rome.
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