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Published: June 16th 2017
01 Main Entrance
Looking up at the main entrance.
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After lunch Milena drove Michael, Ilaria, Emanuele and I to a nearby attraction – Oropa Sanctuary. Giovanni was going to ride his motorcycle there and meet us up there. I wasn't that interested in going there because I been there many years ago and it was a very religious place. Although I was happy to be going somewhere! It was a short drive up into the mountains and I prepared myself by wearing my warmest clothes.
It was quite cool when we got out of the car and I tried not to think about the temperature. The sanctuary is a group of Roman Catholic buildings in a valley up the mountains built on a few levels. This is also a place of pilgrimage and there is accommodation available here for them. The clouds were dark and everywhere. We walked uphill into the first courtyard and caught our breath. There are so many buildings here.
We then came to the Ancient Basilica which has the wooden statue of the Black Madonna. At the moment we could here that there was a church service on, so we didn't go in. We continued walking uphill. We walked through part of a building. Here
In the sanctuary, surrounded by religious buildings.
the walls were covered in photo frames of people that were asking for the Black Madonna to help them. More steps uphill and then we were in front of the Upper Basilica.
This looked quite grand as we were looking uphill at it. This was built between 1885 and 1960 to accommodate the many pilgrims that came here. Inside it is round with a main altar and many side chapels. The dome surprised me as it was plain, no gold or paint on it. The main altar has a painting of the wooden Black Madonna where the statue had planned to be put.
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