THE LORETO SANCTUARY
The Sanctuary of the Madonna of Loreto etched on the skyline and visible from Casale Papa lends a truly mystical atmosphere to the area. The Basilica of the Holy House is one of the main religious sites in the Catholic world where the Madonna is worshipped. The Basilica is situated in Piazza della Madonna, 127 metres above sea level, at the end of the via Lauretana. Inside the Basilica, Catholics pay homage to the remains of the Holy House of Nazareth, where Jesus actually grew up and lived. The Basilica is consecrated to the Virgin Mary because this house was Mary’s, where the Archangel Gabriel actually also made her announcement to Mary of the coming of Jesus Christ. The Madonna of Loreto is also patron to Aviation, in consideration of the flight of the Angels with this house.
Many famous people and saints have visited this Sanctuary, among them: Cesare Battisti da Varano, St. Therese Lisieux, St. Gianna Beretta. Among the numerous Popes who have paid homage are Pope John 23rd, Pope John Paul 2nd, Pope Benedict 16th and Pope Frances Bergoglio now in seat.
The Basilica of Loreto represents one of the most important monuments from the Gothic-Renaissance period of Italy where important architects of the time worked: Marino di Marco Cedrino, Baccio Pontelli, Giuliano da Sangallo, Giuliano da Maiano, Francesco di Giorgio Martini, Bramante, Andrea Sansovino and Antonio da Sangallo the Young.