LORETO

Pontifical Sanctuary

Of the Holy House of Loreto

LORETO

Loreto is the holy city of the Marche region, worldwide famous for hosting the Sanctuary of the Holy House, one of the most important places of the Marian pilgrimage. According to the tradition, the Holy House is the home where the Virgin Mary was born, lived and received the Annunciation from the Archangel Gabriel.

Legend has it that the Holy House was miraculously transported from Palestine to Loreto in the 13th century, after passing through Dalmatia and Ancona. Today, the Holy House is kept inside the majestic Basilica of the Holy House, an imposing Renaissance-style building, covered in marble and decorated with frescoes and works of art of great value.

The Basilica of Loreto is a true architectural treasure, with its dome, designed by Giuliano da Sangallo, and the golden ceiling coffer. Inside, you can admire some masterpieces, such as the fresco of the Annunciation by Melozzo da Forlì and the sculptures by Andrea Sansovino and Benedetto da Maiano.

However, Loreto is not just a place of worship. The city also offers a charming historic centre, with narrow cobbled streets, charming squares and ancient buildings. Walking through the centre, you can discover the beauty of Piazza della Madonna, with its 18th century fountain, or visit the Art Gallery Museum of the Holy House, which houses a precious collection of paintings, sculptures and tapestries.

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