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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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  • lagoon environment engaging, interesting and historiography. pleasant boat trip
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  • Reachable within half an hour by boat, along the way you can see various species of birds. Carnian Alps visible and karst.
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  • The colors of the lagoon along the way, the silence of the sanctuary, the calm and peace that is transmitted from this place that keeps the POSITIVE characteristics received in my childhood. That God and man are able preserve a place so unique.
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