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Santuario di Oropa, Oropa

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Tucked away in the Alps, Santuario di Oropa is a religious sanctuary where you can also stay overnight. Be sure to check out the smaller basilica, which houses the statue of the Madonna of Oropa. The church is an excellent starting point for hiking, skiing, and rock climbing in the mountains. A range of rooms are available, and there's a restaurant on site. Put Santuario di Oropa at the forefront of your travel plans using our Oropa itinerary builder.
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  • The place is magnificent, the imposing structure. Peace and quiet, beautiful place for reflection for both secular and for devotees. Very interesting from a historical and artistic collection of votive offerings. Worth a visit, a temple of history.
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  • Good morning I visited last weekend this beautiful place, spectacular city views and charming location nestled between scenic mountains makes it lovely. I'm not a super religious so I recommend also to visit beyond religion, easy to reach and plenty of places to visit for those who like walking in the mountains. Very nice also the excursion by cableway. I recommend it to everyone
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  • After a few years returned to Oropa where, in a sort of basin surrounded by the Biella Alps, stands the famous shrine, the most important of Piedmont and one of the largest in the country. For some years was included in the Unesco list of the Sacri Monti of Piedmont and Lombardy and, indeed. Many pilgrims walk him for devotion and admiration towards the Black Madonna shrine. The sanctuary is actually a "superposition" of porches, Baroque buildings (sec. 17th-18th) and steps that culminate in the Basilica that retains 300 frescos and a wooden statue and venerated Black Madonna. Further down is the ancient basilica often used, in case of temporary closures for maintenance of the basilica (old church), to celebrate the harvest. If interested you can then visit the chapels and the monumental cemetery behind the Hill, the Gallery of past vote, the Museum of treasures of Oropa (admission fee) or "secular terms," visit religious stores and stop at one of the bars/restaurants for a refreshment. I also wish that you can, upon request, to stay at the Hospice to cozy up in prayers and meditation. Regardless of one's faith and flying over the "incivility" of some tourists, boisterous and leaving rubbish lying around you can visit (if possible not on weekends and holidays ... when it becomes a "market" ...) this spiritual place, pleasant and with views that bring us closer to heaven ...
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  • What a spectacular place, very relaxing and you can really feel that you can reconnect with your soul. The sites are incredible. I can say they are not corrupt because they don't ask money for entrance fees etc. and WC are free and clean and you can donate a little if you want, you're not force to pay when you need to use the WC. Parkings are free too. Restaurants around are not expensive and they have good food worth the money you pay.
  • Such a wonderful surprise. Breathtakingly beautiful.
  • Impressive site, both for the beauty of the surroundings and the architectural value. We visited it in a cold winter day when not many people were around and it was a rarefied, subtly spiritual experience.
  • Fantastic site in a remarkable setting, many of the chapels are quite damaged compared to other sites in Northern Italy, but still worth a look. I didn't get a chance to go up into the mountain for any hikes but it seemed a popular place to do so. Bus from the towns train station was reliable and efficient.
  • This is quite a large complex with differing types of accommodation from the basic which has no attached ensuite. It is very basic and clean. There are more expensive accommodation. We were here in autumn which is off season and were really attracted here by the surrounding walks and forests which did not disappoint. Just be aware that only one or two of the several restaurants were open for dinner. The owners were very friendly and agreed to open for dinner for just us and two other couples. Accommodation is not what you would come here for. It is the views, the sanctuary and the surrounding walks which is the real purpose for coming here