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Isola di Barbana, Grado
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Barbana is a small island located at the northern end of the Grado Lagoon, near Trieste in north-east Italy. It is the site of the Santuario di Barbana, an ancient Marian shrine, whose origins date back to 582 when Elia, the Patriarch of Aquileia, built a church near the hut of a hermit from Treviso named Barbanus. The island, which can be easily reached by ferry from nearby Grado, is populated by a small community of Franciscan friars.History of the shrineThe foundation of the shrine originates from an image of the Virgin Mary carried in by the sea and found at the foot of an elm after a fierce storm. At that time the site was part of the mainland; the Grado Lagoon was formed between the 5th and 7th centuries.From the foundation to around 1000, Barbana became an island and the shrine was served by a community of monks unique to the island, called the Barbitani. The original church was destroyed by floods and rebuilt. The image of Mary, too, was lost and in the 11th century was replaced by a wooden statue known as the Madonna mora. This Black Madonna is now housed in the Domus Mariae (House of Mary), a chapel near the main church.
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  • The Basilica is worth a trip. The architecture of the former artist is worth a visit. Take a boat to the island with a 2 hour stay.
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  • I admit that I had misread the timetable of masses, so we boarded at 11.30 but at 12 mass is not there and we were forced to wait the 14.30 to return in Grado, wait a little boring because in addition to the church there is a large bar and a little shabby and the table of the pilgrim who is expensive. The place is nice to reach by ship but not me "spiritual feelings" I was expecting.
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  • The island appears from Afar in the midst of the waters, and it can be reached after a short cruise on the boat making regular service. Beautiful place to visit.
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