Loreto holiday pilgrimage to the Shrine in the Marche
Useful information for trip to Loreto, where it is, the surrounding landscape and what to see in town that attracts many pilgrims.
Loreto, a town in the province of Ancona in the Marche region, is situated on the top of a hill, surrounded by rolling countryside characterized by olive trees. On top of the hill stands the majestic Basilica, the famous shrine of Loreto, around which arose the town, which has the oldest nucleus surrounded by walls, and the exterior dating from the late sixteenth century.
Loreto is a pilgrimage destination of the Faith for the continuous presence of the precious relic of the Holy House inhabited by the family of the Virgin Mary in Nazareth, brought to Italy after the fall of the kingdom of the Crusaders in the Holy Land in the thirteenth century.
Around this small sacred building was built the great Basilica, whose construction was started in 1469 in late Gothic style and was completed in 1587 with the facade in late-Renaissance style.
The Santa Casa is made up of only three walls, because the part where today is the altar corresponded to the cave, and then there was the wall.
The statue of the Madonna venerated in the Holy House was made sculpting by Pius XI in 1922, on wood of a cedar of Lebanon coming from the Vatican Gardens, as the original statue was destroyed in a fire last year.