The sanctuary of the Madonna della Corona is located in the municipality of Ferrara di Monte Baldo in the province of Verona, in a cavity dug in Monte Baldo.
In the 15th century it was a hermitage; the first church was inaugurated in 1530, after the visit of Bishop Gian Matteo Giberti. It became a sanctuary in 1625, when the knights of Malta had the church rebuilt, which was then completed in 1680.
The sanctuary was consecrated on June 4, 1978, the completion of the restructuring was done in honor of the visit of Pope John Paul II on April 17, 1988 (in July 1982 the same pope had raised the sanctuary to the dignity of a minor basilica
While once it was only accessed through a climb of steps from the town of Brentino in Vallagarina, today it can also be reached via an asphalted road after the town of Spiazzi, which ends in a tunnel dug in the rock in 1922, where the painting of the Madonna.
This road is passable only on foot, and along the way there are the fourteen stations of the Via Crucis in bronze statues, and the sepulcher where Jesus was placed after his death is reproduced.
The sanctuary is the terminal point of the so-called Way of the two Sanctuaries, which begins in the sanctuary of the Pieve di Chiampo, crosses seven valleys of the Venetian Prealps and arrives at the Sanctuary of the Madonna della Corona.
Photo by Llorenzi – Opera propria, CC BY-SA 3.0, Collegamento
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