Loreto “Shrine of the Holy House of the Virgin Mary” Private Tour from Rome

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Loreto is one of the most important sacred places for Catholic pilgrims in the Marches Region. Its history begins December 10, 1924, when the Sanctuary of the Holy House of the Virgin Mary was moved from Nazareth to its current site; this belief is supported by the research that recently has been carried out on the graffiti found inside this house. The sacred house (Santa Casa) has a very simple structure with three walls, each of them reaching the height of three meters, composed of sandstones and refined with a particular technique that was used in Palestine in the time of Jesus. This site is remarkable for its religious and spiritual values as well as for the artistic importance of its highly-decorated marble work. Pope Julius II commissioned Donato Bramante for the marble vestments.

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Duration: 7 to 8 hours
Starts: Rome, Italy
Trip Category: Cultural & Theme Tours >> Cultural Tours



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Loreto is one of the most important sacred places for Catholic pilgrims in the Marches Region. Its history begins December 10, 1924, when the Sanctuary of the Holy House of the Virgin Mary was moved from Nazareth to its current site; this belief is supported by the research that recently has been carried out on the graffiti found inside this house. The sacred house (Santa Casa) has a very simple structure with three walls, each of them reaching the height of three meters, composed of sandstones and refined with a particular technique that was used in Palestine in the time of Jesus. This site is remarkable for its religious and spiritual values as well as for the artistic importance of its highly-decorated marble work. Pope Julius II commissioned Donato Bramante for the marble vestments.

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Stop At: Sanctuary of the Holy House of Loreto, Piazza della Madonna, 1, 60025 Loreto AN, Italy

The splendid City of Loreto, tucked inside the countryside of the Marches Region, owes its fame to the Sanctuary where the Shrine of the Holy House of the Virgin Mary is preserved and venerated. It is a holy place defined by Pope John Paul II as “the true Marian heart of Christianity.” The sanctuary has been one of the most important pilgrimage sites for the Catholic faith for centuries, having been visited by approximately 200 saints and beatified persons, as well as by numerous Popes. According to ancient tradition, and today substantiated by historical and archaeological research, the Santa Casa is the house from Nazareth where the Virgin Mary was born, educated, and where she received the Annunciation. The house was composed of one room in masonry, with three walls in stone placed so as to enclose a rock cavern.

Duration: 3 hours



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