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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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  • Nice location in the Gulf. A beautiful shrine where they live the Friars Minor. The Friar who greeted explained some history and the lives that are on the island. Tiny islet. Is a designated place for spiritual retreats.
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  • Mystical, evocative locations, which can be reached by boat across the lagoon of Grado. The shrine dedicated to the Virgin is a place of peace and serenity. Not to be missed
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  • These days we were in barban family, intrigued by what you see coming in from the highway. in fact you can see the outline of the dome and the church tower on the horizon. Departed from the harbor of Can in half an hour of the Pacific trip at low speed, we came across the lagoon and observing the surrounding wildlife. Luckily we were very few, and the peace and quiet are really insightful. We enjoyed lunch there too but the tables were all booked and we preferred to return after an hour in the Mainland. Fantastic place, deserved to be known.
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