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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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  • On a hot sunny day buy a ticket from the hut near the road bridge over the canal to Isola della Schiusa for a boat trip to Barbana. A pleasant boat trip takes just over 20 minutes. There is not much t...  more »
  • While in Grado, you can take an easy trip by boat to the Barbana Island. This island is very tiny, with just a monastery and old church on it. It is worth a visit, but I really enjoyed the travel. It ...  more »
  • Having had our visit to Grado, it was a surprise to discover the boat to the island. The lagoon was flat calm and the crossing very pleasant. We had about two hours before the next boat back and that ...  more »