Santuario della Madonna di Monte Berico, Vicenza

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The Church of St. Mary of Mount Berico (Basilica di S. Maria di Monte Berico) is a Roman Catholic and minor basilica in Vicenza, northern Italy. The church is a Marian shrine, and stands at the top of a hill which overlooks the city.OriginsAccording to the legend, the Blessed Virgin appeared on the hill twice to a peasant worker named Vincenza Pasini; the first time occurred on March 7, 1426, the second on August 1, 1428. At this time in the Veneto, the people and economy had been suffering from a terrible plague for years. The Madonna promised that if the people of Vicenza built a church on the top of the hill she would rid them of the plague. The people kept their promise and the church was built in 3 months.The original church later became a sanctuary. It was designed by the architect Carlo Borella (1688) and was decorated by the sculptor Orazio Marinali from Bassano. The city of Vicenza ordered an inquiry through the Notary Publics a to look into these two exceptional events. The inquiry followed through during November, 1430. The court recordings are still preserved today in the city library, 'Biblioteca Civica Bertoliana'.The first religious services of the basilica were given to the Order of Bridgettines (the Franciscan Order of Santa Brigida) by the city on November 2, 1429. At the end of May, 1435, the nuns of Saint Brigid were ordered to leave the basilica by order of Pope Eugene IV on March 18, 1435, and were ordered to return to their original way of life of their order's foundation.
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  • It's a steep walk but the beauty of the church and the stunning view over city are worth it. And you get some exercise so it's easier to justify another glass of wine in the city.  more »
  • The Sanctuary of Monte Berico is undoubtedly a place to visit, not only from a cultural and architectural point of view, but also for the value it contains from a spiritual point of view
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  • A great view over Vicenza and the mountain landscape behind. The church is impressive as well. Perfect stop if you are with the car. On a wednsday afternoon in July- there was almost no car there...
  • I have to say that we were lucky that they offer mass every hour on Easter Sunday. What a treat. It was packed every hour but beautiful none the less. What a pretty church. And the view is amazing
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