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We visited Loreto having driven past on our way home from the beach and we were completely blown away. The town is so beautiful and as you walk the cobbled streets you can feel the history of the place. It is teeming with nuns, monks...More
A must visit if you are in this area of Italy! The Holy House of Loreto is a tranquil and serene place of worship and a popular Marian pilgrimage place. It is an amazing Shrine knowing the history behind it and the miraculous way that...More
The Holy House of Loreto is one of the most visited holy places in the world because of its history. The cathedral is spectacular and the walled in city of Loreto as charming as any medieval town. A must see for anyone who finds themselves...More
An undiscovered gem for your day to day tourists! As a famous pilgrimage site for Catholics, this beautiful Basilica should be visited by everyone and anyone. 15 minutes drive from the coast it’s certainly worth a half a days trip.
Our pilgrimage group stopped in Loreto to visit the Basilica della Santa Casa (Basilica of the Holy House) which encloses the Holy House of Nazareth and the Black Madonna. For us it was a very spiritual experience to visit the home of Our Lady and...More
Its well worth a visit to this charming town and beautiful church. This pilgrimage site has a reverent feel and is not overrun by tourists. The church is set in a beautiful square with some nice shops and cafes surrounding it, so you could spend...More
We happened upon Loreto by accident while doing a day trip discovery drive from Sirolo. I had heard of Loreto before, but was surprised to see this small, but pretty town teaming with tourists, all here to see the house of the Virgin Mary. The...More
First time there on occasion of our son’s first Pilgrimage there with the Order of Malta. Beautiful Mass celebrated on the Sunday for this event at the Santa Casa. Visit and prayer at the Madonna di Loreto. Very beautiful Sacrestia del Pomarancio
Although this is a very important church, for the catholic religion, and a lot of people travel to pray to this black Madona, I found the place almost empty!!
The church is impressively decorated.... because at its center, there's Virgin Mary house, brought from Nazaret!!!
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Yes, you can actually enter the Holy House itself, which is a remarkable experience. You can linger and take it in (in silence). There are two exits, one behind the altar and one opposite where you entered. We actually went... More
Yes, you can actually enter the Holy House itself, which is a remarkable experience. You can linger and take it in (in silence). There are two exits, one behind the altar and one opposite where you entered. We actually went in twice since it is such a profound site.
Are tours available...that i don't know. We wandered about, but later picked up a simple guidebook, which told us more about the sites. You may want to stop in the shop (to the left of the church itself) and get the guidebook first.
This is a wonderful place. We were there in March, which is off season...and it was almost empty. It was quiet and contemplative. The artwork is amazing (loved St. Mark's sacristy ceiling).
We also arrived in time for mass, which was great. The altar used was right at the end of the marble enclosure of the Holy House.
If you are Catholic (or anyone of any denomination), allow yourself time to look around as a tourist first...and then give yourself some time for prayer and contemplation. I always have to take some time to get out of my tourist amazement mindset and understand the space for what it is.