Santuario della Madonna di Monte Berico, Vicenza

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The Church of St. Mary of Mount Berico (Basilica di S. Maria di Monte Berico) is a Roman Catholic and minor basilica in Vicenza, northern Italy. The church is a Marian shrine, and stands at the top of a hill which overlooks the city.OriginsAccording to the legend, the Blessed Virgin appeared on the hill twice to a peasant worker named Vincenza Pasini; the first time occurred on March 7, 1426, the second on August 1, 1428. At this time in the Veneto, the people and economy had been suffering from a terrible plague for years. The Madonna promised that if the people of Vicenza built a church on the top of the hill she would rid them of the plague. The people kept their promise and the church was built in 3 months.The original church later became a sanctuary. It was designed by the architect Carlo Borella (1688) and was decorated by the sculptor Orazio Marinali from Bassano. The city of Vicenza ordered an inquiry through the Notary Publics a to look into these two exceptional events. The inquiry followed through during November, 1430. The court recordings are still preserved today in the city library, 'Biblioteca Civica Bertoliana'.The first religious services of the basilica were given to the Order of Bridgettines (the Franciscan Order of Santa Brigida) by the city on November 2, 1429. At the end of May, 1435, the nuns of Saint Brigid were ordered to leave the basilica by order of Pope Eugene IV on March 18, 1435, and were ordered to return to their original way of life of their order's foundation.
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  • Visit shrine, museum and walk to the city center. Hilly position with panoramic view of the city. Starting point for tourist itineraries on the Colli Berici.
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  • The view offered by the square and the interior of the sanctuary are something indescribable, which leaves no words. Of a purely Baroque style, the splendour of Gold reigns supreme, not resulting in any excessive way, as the whole is well balanced, composed, refined.
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  • For those who are religious is also an important point of reference, for those who are not beautiful believer in the architectural structure and the scenition Panorqamica
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  • One of the best views in Vicenza. If you want an overall viewpoint of Vicenza and the surrounding area, it's hard to beat. It's also easily accessible to vehicles.
  • A magnificent view to stop over. A nice free public spot. Free parking. Free toilet.
  • Beautiful view of Vicenza downtown
  • Best view in the city.
  • Best view of Vicenza, do not miss it!
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