A long held wish of mine finally came true a couple of weeks ago.
I have been reading about the Sanctuary of Madonna della Corona for close to three years now and every time that I looked at pictures of the basilica which is partly rock-hewn, I had a strong desire to see it for myself.
It is true what they say: the Sanctuary really seems to be half-way
between Heaven and Earth
It is organically built into the Baldo rocks at 774 metres above sea level and it overlooks from this tremendous height the meanders of the river Adige.
It is a very peaceful place. To reach it, you need to follow a steep curving road alongside which are placed bronze cast sculptures by Raffaele Bonente depicting the different stages of Christ’s Golgotha and Resurrection.
Walking down the road, starting from the picturesque village of Spiazzi, is quite the
Being surrounded by massive outcrops and incredibly high green hills hurtling down to the deep valley of Adige, you begin to ponder the power of nature and the size of human life.
You don’t see the Sanctuary until you have nearly reached it. Walking without seeing your destination, at first fills you with doubts and questions along the lines of:
- Am I on the right road?
- How long do I need to keep walking? and even
- Is the Sanctuary really there, as everyone says?
Then, you relax into the road, start to admire the stunning views and every new bronze sculptural group you come across, gives you food for thought.
Just then, right as you have turned the last sharp bend, you
glimpse the Sanctuary
for the very first time. You feel like you need to stop and take it all in.
The moment when we walked round that last bend and saw the Basilica of the Sanctuary was made even more special by the fact that the tall bell tower started ringing a melodious tune. It filled the deep valley below with its silver tones and then rose up and up towards the sky lifting us with it.
If you are looking for
a beautiful and spiritual place
to visit in the Veneto, consider spending a day making a pilgrimage to the Sanctuary of Madonna della Corona. It is a memorable experience. The Sanctuary is also very close to Lake Garda and there are lots of hikes in the surrounding hills.
I am writing a blog post about my visit there in order to give you as many details as possible about the history and the beauty of the place. In the meantime, I just wanted to share with you the first moment when I glimpsed it.
This post is part of my blog series ‘Photo of the Day’. I use it to share with you several times a week photos which reveal the beauty and the reality of living in Italy and travelling in Europe. These are usually short posts (sometimes more of a caption, really), so that you can enjoy them on the go and use them to bring a ray of colour into each of your days.
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