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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  • Jolliet balla on the lagoon and beautiful church to visit with a long history. And for religious mass. The been there can do at picnic.
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  • You will need to take a pleasant half-hour boat ride to the sanctuary. There you will find a peaceful place that is good for quiet prayer and contemplation. In addition to the main sanctuary you will ...  more »
  • Island of barbana very quiet but crowded with tourists in the summer, there is also a restaurant where you eat the fish well. I recommend it
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  • Place of peace, a small island of great value. The ferry ride is very nice, especially for children. The Church owns two beautiful paintings, one belonging to the school of Tintoretto, visible in the sacristy. The wooden statue of the Madonna di Barbana is placed next to the Church and gives you the possibility to ask for a grace by writing a ticket by mail. The restaurant is a simple and pleasant staff.
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  • Beautiful island for a day of alternative
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  • Nice relaxing place, good value for money in the restaurant ...
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  • Very relaxing and great place to spirituality. Breakfast was good. Nice little terns
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  • Nice, quiet location with good restaurant
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