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Santuario Della Santa Casa

Piazza della Madonna, Loreto, Italy
071 970104
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Ranked #1 of 7 attractions in Loreto
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Religious Sites
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2014

This basilica is hypnotic - so much to see and an atmosphere you can feel. A must every day! We have been to Loreto many times and just can't keep away from this magnificent building.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2014

Truly amazing experience, very moving, even for me who is not a christian. Anyway, as with many such things, it is kind of cool to see "the" Loreta.

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2014

I'm absolutely not religious in any way myself, but I really appreciated it from an aesthetic point of view; it seems to be the product of the work of a lot of different artists and architects. I visited shortly after Christmas when there was quite a lot of activity going on inside with lots of praying, a baby getting baptised,... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2013

This place was great, even before I understood the significance (more on this later). It's a large church on a great piazza with street chalk art. There are 'guards' at the main door to make sure you cover your shoulders and remove your hats. There was mass going on, yet tourists were still allowed to enter. I noticed people giving... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2013

Great site of pilgrimage. Always long queues to enter the shrine of the holy house but the queue moves quickly. Respectfully avoid immediately after Mass on sundays (domenica) unless you want this to be part of your worship routine.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2012

This basilica has been restore and is well taken care of....its beautiful from afar and up close. A must see.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2012

What an amazing place! We visited it in May 2012 on a 5 week motorhome tour from UK to Sorento and back and, having rated the east coast higher than the west, rated Loreto and it’s Basilica as the best on the eastern side (we were avoiding city attractions). We are not religious, but really appreciated the architecture, art, the... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2012

Your trip to Loreto isnt complete until you visit Santuario Della Santa Casa which was built in the later part of hte 15th century. It was so peaceful & whilst we are not religious it has a very special feel to it. Our tourist brochure said that this Basilica has the same draw card as Lourdes in France. It sits... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2012

we didn't know what church we saw when passing by the area. We went to go see it closer and it was a big church in an ancient setting. By place in front of the church was really beautifull (afterwards we discovered that this was a papal palace) on the inside of the church we were really amazed by the... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2012

The Holy House is a little church inside the Basilica, located in the main square of Loreto. It is made from original bricks that - says the legend - were transported by the Angels from Nazareth to Loreto (historians says that the Angel family transported those bricks by boat...a less romantic version but perhaps a more realistic one!). Whichever story... More

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