Chiesetta della Madonna di Loreto

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Arpino, Italy
Chiesetta della Madonna di Loreto  - Painting of the Madonna of Loreto
Chiesetta della Madonna di Loreto  - Chiesetta della Madonna di Loreto, viewed from the Belvedere
Chiesetta della Madonna di Loreto  - Ceiling painting
Chiesetta della Madonna di Loreto  - Inside the church
Chiesetta della Madonna di Loreto  - Chiesetta della Madonna di Loreto
Chiesetta della Madonna di Loreto  - Chiesetta della Madonna di Loreto, viewed from below

Chiesetta della Madonna di Loreto Arpino Reviews

Toonsarah Toonsarah
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Visible from all over the town Sep 03, 2017
This small church is built on the ruins of an octagonal tower of the ancient city walls and was originally the chapel of the nearby castle. It has several paintings of note, of which the most significant is that of the Madonna of Loreto, its namesake. This was originally in another chapel but was brought here in 1712. Popular tradition has it that on the occasion of its arrival here all the bells of the town rang out spontaneously – an event still commemorated in a local festival, that of the ‘Madonna of the Little Bells’. Another painting in the church depicts the arrival of the painting.

The Madonna of Loreto is the patron saint of Arpino and believed to protect the town. In 1656 it was spared from a plague that had devastated Rome, Naples and many other parts of Italy. And in 1799 French troops marching on Arpino during a war against Naples inexplicably turned back, an event that was attributed to the appearance of the Virgin and an ‘army of nine thousand men dressed in white’. As a result the Madonna was adopted as the patron saint. An 18th century statue of her is held by the Benedictine sisters in their convent near Sant’Andrea and paraded through the town each year on her feast day of 10 December to spend some days in the central church of San Michele Arcangelo.
Chiesetta della Madonna di Loreto
Painting of the Madonna of Loreto
Inside the church
Ceiling painting
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Toonsarah says:
Thanks Fergy and May - pretty, isn't it?
Posted on: Sep 16, 2017
cotton_foam says:
Congrats on your featured review!
Posted on: Sep 15, 2017
planxty says:
What a delightful place.
Posted on: Sep 15, 2017
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