VICOFORTE (CN), 6 KM FROM MONDOVI'
Origin of the Sanctuary
Towards the end of the fifteenth century in the valley of Ermena, at the foot of Vicoforte, five kilometers from Mondovì, at the edge of a path, a rustic pillar was built on which the Holy Mary with the Child on her knees was frescoed. It was popularly called Madonna del Pilone ( Madonna of the Pillar ).
In 1592 the shot of a hunter inadvertently hit the image. This attracted the first devout people. Within a few years, the arrival of worshippers grew at an astounding rate. They came from several regions of Europe The Virgin comforted with marvellous graces of healing, reconciliations, conversions. The participation of so many people, which on during certain days reached tens of thousands, encouraged the Bishop of Mondovì, Monsignor Castrucci, to undertake in 1596 the daring construction of the
Thus a "spiritual History of spiritual graces and favours" by the Virgin Mother began, and it extended through the centuries up to our days. The Sanctuary became one of the most admired, gathered and attended Marian centres.
A grand monument of faith and art
The Sanctuary-Basilica "Regina Montis Regalis" in Vicoforte Mondovì is a work of the faith of a frankly religious population. The construction lasted two centuries.
> Ellipse-shaped dome: the largest in the world, major axis of 37.15 m;. a height of 75m; perimeter of the Sanctuary 250 m.
> Begun in 1596 and finished in 1733. Its promoters were the Bishop Castrucci and Carlo Emanuele with a two-fold purposes: to dedicate it to the worship of the Madonna and to make it tomb of the Savoy Royals.
> The Author of the project and executor of first part, made of sandstone, of neoclassic character, was the architect Ascanio Vitozzi of Orvieto. The higher part, made of terracotta, baroque style, is work of Francesco Gallo, architect of Mondovì who realized with this architecture his masterpiece.
> Pictorial Field: 6032 m2, the largest that exists with a "unique theme": The Madonna (whose human life, mission, assumption and glorification in the sky are illustrated).
> Three schools of the Italian painting: the "Venetian", the "Bolognese", the " Milanese". All figurative part belongs to the Venetian school and was painted by Mattia Bortoloni.
from to and from to
– – 18:00.
For any other
information please contact the Direzione
del Santuario Basilica (Sanctuary-Basilica Management)
- 12080 Santuario di Vicoforte (Cn)