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Madonna della CoronaBy Anthony Parente
Over the centuries the Shrine underwent a number of changes one of which consisted of a larger church being built over the existing one. What is impressive is that all of the material needed to build this Sanctuary had to come from above and lowered down. You can imagine the blood and sweat that it took for these dedicated and devoted people put forth to build such a beautiful place for people to come to not only pay homage to the Madonna, but to experience the beautiful scenery and peaceful atmosphere that surrounds Monte Baldo.
Due to its location and the fact that it was pretty much inaccessible the Sanctuary was never destroyed or desecrated by invaders and remained intact well into the 20th century. In 1974 Italian architect Guido Tisato was tasked with the project of making improvements to the structure while preserving the important and significant parts of the sanctuary. Over the course of four years a new Shrine and altar was built and in 1982 the Shrine was given the title of Basilica Minor.
The Sanctuary has become more accessible even though you still have to climb steps to get to it. What once was a place that only monks visited to pray in peace and quiet reflection has become a journey that anyone who wants to witness the beauty of one of the world's highest lying pilgrimage sites can do so.
Hours, Masses and Celebrations:
If you plan to visit the Sanctuary and want to attend mass you can find a complete schedule here.
The most important feast days at the Basilica are: The Procession of the Assunta on 8/14, The Solemnity of Our Lady of Sorrows (the third Sunday in September), The Feast of the Presentation of Jesus at the Temple (2/2), Palm Sunday (the Sunday before Easter). In the parishes of Spiazzi and Ferrara di Monte Baldo there are no particular feasts dedicated to the Madonna unless they are provided by the liturgical calendar.
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