Basilica Santa Maria della Croce, Crema

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Santa Maria della Croce is a Roman Catholic sanctuary and minor basilica in Crema, in the Cremona Province of Lombardy, Italy.HistoryThe church was built in the Lombard Renaissance style about one and a half mile from city center, outside the medieval walls, on the road to Bergamo where a Marian apparition may have affected Caterina degli Uberti, a woman from Cremona. Legend holds that on 13 April 1490, after she was fatally wounded by her husband in a wooded area close to the town, and wishing to die in the Grace of God, she implored the help of the Virgin Mary who, it is said, ferried her to a nearby farmhouse. She was then moved inside the city walls where she died, after receiving the last rites and pardoning her husband. A simple wooden cross was placed where the murder came about. However prodigious phenomena continued to happen time and again transforming the site into a holy place to such an extent that the local authorities decided to build a sanctuary.The work was commissioned to the architect Giovanni Battagio, whose masterpiece is the octagonal Sanctuary of the Incoronata in Lodi, his home town. However, the disciple of Bramante left the works around 1500, and was replaced by Giovanni Montanaro. The sanctuary, in an unfinished state, was damaged in the 1514 siege of the city by the Duchy of Milan army.
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  • August 11, 2017
    Magnificent basilica, splendidly frescoed. She's beautiful, well worth a visit. Every time I go to Cream kidnaps my attention
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  • August 11, 2017
    Splendid basilica frescoed in 400 and recently restored. Great la casa del pellegrino offering refreshment in free price!!
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  • July 29, 2017
    Stupendous basilica just outside the city centre of cream, with possibility to park at the hotel. Beautifully frescoed Interior. Striking down the Crypt, site of the apparition of the Virgin Mary.
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  • Basilicata is really beautiful, both inside and outside, reading of its construction and its history is interesting and leaves you speechless. There are also places to eat and then get downtown to view other monuments; if you take time to read the story before you visit it.
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  • Complex at the entrance to the city of cream in the North. The circular Church is brick on the outside while internally is embellished with frescoes and paintings. The sanctuary stands on the site where the Virgin appeared.
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  • S. Maria Della Croce Protector Cream city., especially of women, girlfriends, married, single, widowed, separated, divorced, abandoned, betrayed, inconsolably, afflicted, demoralized. Come to the sanctuary where the Blessed Virgin will comfort you by vs tribulations. Meet the missionaries of the holy spirit that they always have a good word comforter for you.
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  • And beautiful architecture
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  • Beautiful sanctuary with crypt
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