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Basilica of the Madonna di Tirano

This beautiful sanctuary is a miracle of faith and of Renaissance architecture

Where
piazza della Basilica, 1, 23037 Tirano (SO)

The church stands at the crossroads between Italy and Switzerland, in the place where the Virgin appeared back in 1504. 

According to tradition, at dawn on 29 September 1504, the Virgin appeared to Tirano resident Mario Omodei, promising that the plague would end if a church were built in her honour in the exact place where she appeared, meaning near the bridge over the Folla and outside of the town walls. Comforted by a series of events that were believed to miracles, the residents acted quickly and on 25 March 1505, during a solemn ceremony, the first stone of the building was laid at the foot of the medieval Church of Santa Perpetua.

Featuring a nave and two side aisles and a Latin-cross floor plan, the basilica is the most beautiful Renaissance building in Valtellina. The church has an exuberance of stucco decorations and sculptures and the interior still contains a colossal organ with exquisite carving that was begun in 1608 by Giuseppe Bulgarini from Brescia and completed in 1638 by G.B. Salmoiraghi from Milan. Thanks to its location, it has always drawn the faithful from throughout Europe. In 1946, Pope Pius XII proclaimed the Blessed Virgin of Tirano "special heavenly patron of all of Valtellina".

Take me here: Basilica of the Madonna di Tirano

Places

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Palazzo Salis

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Palazzo Salis
1.47 km

Tirano Media Valle

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Tirano Media Valle
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Aprica

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Aprica
6.87 km

Teglio

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Teglio
8.5 km

Cavallari Smithy

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Cavallari Smithy
12.35 km

Tower of Castionetto

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Mill and mortar in "Cà dell'Albert"

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Parish church of Saint Michael Archangel

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The dell'Acqua family castle

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Picnic areas - Alpe Piazzola

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Where to sleep

LA ROTONDA

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LA ROTONDA
31 mt

SAN MICHELE

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SAN MICHELE
205 mt

CASA CABASSI

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CASA CABASSI
405 mt

A CASA DI NONNA

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A CASA DI NONNA
668 mt

TIRANO / ALP GRUM - BERNINA EXPRESS - SUB 15

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TIRANO / ALP GRUM - BERNINA EXPRESS - SUB 15
668 mt

CORONA

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CORONA
668 mt

B&B HOTELS TIRANO

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B&B HOTELS TIRANO
668 mt

B&B SWEET HOME

Tirano
B&B SWEET HOME
668 mt

B&B DA CIGLIA

Tirano
B&B DA CIGLIA
796 mt

B&B PORTA 54

Tirano
B&B PORTA 54
796 mt

CA' MERLO CASA VACANZA

Villa di Tirano
CA' MERLO CASA VACANZA
808 mt

BB HOTEL TIRANO - SUITE ST. MORITZ

Tirano
BB HOTEL TIRANO - SUITE ST. MORITZ
889 mt

B&B TIRANO

Tirano
B&B TIRANO
889 mt

ALEXANDER ROOMS

Tirano
ALEXANDER ROOMS
1 km

B&B IL CILIEGIO

Villa di Tirano
B&B IL CILIEGIO
1.02 km

PICCOLO HOTEL TIRANO DI GNECCHI NICOLAS

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PICCOLO HOTEL TIRANO DI GNECCHI NICOLAS
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COSY ROOMS TIRANO - SUB 54

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COSY ROOMS TIRANO - SUB 54
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B&B MOVIMENTO

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B&B MOVIMENTO
1.08 km

GUSMEROLI

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GUSMEROLI
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