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The Marches is an Italian region in central Italy.

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The Marches is an Italian region in central Italy. Surprising and wonderful in its diversity, this region of Central Italy, with its winding yet symmetrical form, shows off its multi-faceted beauty through cliffs and caves that overlook unforgettable beaches, hills that are steeped in history, and rich traditions and cultures, all set against a backdrop of mountains (that are, by the way, well-equipped for ski lovers). The Marches are mostly comprised of hills and mountains; the region embraces the Adriatic side of the Umbria-Marche Appennines, yet in contrast features low-lying, sandy beaches. How could anyone forget the long expanse of fine golden sand that kiss crystal-clear waters at Senigallia Offering numerous lidos and pleasant seaside strolls, this area is a treat any time of day, but especially at sunset. No less lovely are Gabicce Mare, Pesaro, Fano, Civitanova Marche, Porto San Giorgio, and San Benedetto del Tronto. If you’re looking to unwind and recharge, visit one of th…

Chapel of San Giuseppe or Spagnola in the Basilica of the Holy House in Loreto.

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Sanctuary of the Holy House of Loreto, Chapel of San Giuseppe or Spagnola in the Basilica of the Holy House in Loreto. Piazza Della Madonna, 1, 60025 Loreto, AN, Marche, Italy. It was the first to be decorated in the general plan of pictorial embellishment promoted by the Universal Congregation in the 19th century. It was decorated between 1886 and 1890 with the offerings of Spanish Catholics. The frescoes on the walls are by Modesto Faustini. It was the first to be decorated in the general plan of pictorial embellishment promoted by the Universal Congregation in the 19th century. It was decorated between 1886 and 1890 with the offerings of Spanish Catholics. The frescoes on the walls are by Modesto Faustini.

Loreto the inclined civic tower.

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Civic tower, Loreto, Province of Ancona, Italy. Built-in brick, the building has a slightly inclined civic tower, erected in the seventeenth century by Giovanni Branca. The battlements were added in 1887.

Loreto the inclined civic tower.
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Loreto the inclined civic tower.

Amazed at the entrance to the Sanctuary of Loreto

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The bronze statue of the Madonna and Child, Sanctuary of Loreto, Piazza Della Madonna 1, 60025, Loreto, AN, Marche, Italy. The central door was built by Antonio di Girolamo Lombardo, with the collaboration of the brothers Pietro, Paolo, and Giacomo. It started in 1590 it was completed only in 1611. There are six major and six minor panels with representations taken from the Old Testament. In the left door are represented, starting from the top down: Creation of Eve; Expulsion from Earthly Paradise. Cain kills Abel; In the one on the right, starting from the top down: Original sin; Work of Adam and Eve; Cain's escape. Above, in a niche, there is the bronze statue of the "Madonna and Child", a work by Girolamo Lombardo, completed in 1583. Booking.com

Discover Square of the Madonna in Loreto

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Piazza Della Madonna a Loreto, Loreto, AN, Marche, Italy. Famous main square of the town, artistic and religious center. We find the Fontana Maggiore, the statue of Sixtus V, the Apostolic Palace, the bell tower by Vanvitelli and the imposing Basilica elevated by Giuliano da Maiano and turned by Giuliano San Gallo in the 16th century, the facade was designed by Giovanni Boccalini in 1571. Booking.com

Our Lady of Loreto is the patron saint of aviators.

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Saint of aviators, Via Papa Sisto V, Near the Torrione Rotondo, 60025, Loreto, Province of Ancona, Marche, Italy. The Lauretan tradition, relating to the transport of the house of Mary, by angels from Nazareth to the ancient Illyria (1291) then from there to the ancient territory of Recanati (1294), appeared very suggestive for the choice of the Madonna of Loreto as Patron who moves through the air. Poets and painters had already recalled this transport in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, imagining the flight of the Nazarene house almost like a modern flight: among the first examples, we can mention the painting Transport of the Holy House of Loreto by Giovan Battista Rositi from Forlì of 1501 and preserved today in the Diocesan Museum of Velletri. The most famous is the fresco, and its sketch, which Giambattista Tiepolo made in 1743 for the vault of the Scalzi Church in Venice and today preserved in the Gallerie dell'Accademia. Thus, since 1912 the Aviators and Aeronau…

Monument, Pope Sixtus V, Loreto Province of Ancona, Marche, Loreto, AN, Italy.

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Monument, Pope Sixtus V, Loreto the square of the Madonna, Province of Ancona, Marche, Loreto, AN, Italy. A staircase leading to the churchyard precedes the facade. The monument to Pope Sixtus V is placed on the steps on the left side: it is the pope who in the bull Pro excellent preeminent of 17 March 1586 "explicitly states, without any precautionary formula, that" the temple of Loreto contains that sacred room which was consecrated by the divine mysteries "". The bronze statue blessing from the gestatorial chair, work of 1587-1589 due to Antonio Calcagni with the collaboration of Tiburzio Vergelli, was made at the expense of the Province of the Marca and of eight Picene prelates created cardinals by Sixtus V. Booking.com

Stained glass windows at the Sanctuary of Loreto.

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Stained glass windows at the Sanctuary of Loreto, Piazza Della Madonna 1, 60025 Loreto, AN, Italy. In Italy, the use of decorating church windows with figurative windows is an imported phenomenon, which came through the emergence of the Gothic style. For the realization of the windows of the Duomo of Milan, one of the largest existing cycles in Italy, many master glassmakers were brought from Germany and the Flemish countries. An autochthonous window is the Venetian one with rollers (disks). With the prevalence of the Renaissance style, more sensitive to perspective renditions and volumes, the stained-glass window adapted making more and more use of painting. One of the techniques that began to take hold in this period is the grisaglia, used since the fifteenth century. It is an enamel composed of copper oxide and a fondant used to create nuances and give body to figures and decorations. Booking.com

Patrol walkways in Loreto

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Camminamenti di ronda a Loreto,  60025, Loreto, AN, Province of Ancona, Italy. . The basilica of Loreto is fortified in the upper part with a walkway and stone corbels, which support them also with a decorative function; on behalf of Cardinal Girolamo Basso della Rovere the construction was started by Giuliano da Maiano and subsequently modified and completed by Baccio Pontelli in a typically Renaissance style. The walkways are covered and protruding corridors with a continuous series of vaulted windows around the upper part of the basilica, to allow easy defense in case of attacks - as had already happened by the Turks in a bloody way in Otranto in 1480; the year before in nearby Grottammare and in 1518 in Porto Recanati; the latter attack which caused an order by Pope Leo X for a further fortification of Loreto, which fortunately was never attacked. In the upper internal part of the building and behind the walkways, there are the rooms that were once used as accommodation for the g…

The facade of the Sanctuary of the Holy House in Loreto.

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Basilica della Santa Casa, Piazza della Madonna, 1, 60025 Loreto, AN, Marches, Italy.Bramante was asked for the project for the facade, but it was only carried out long after; the original design was much reworked in late Renaissance style by Francesco Boccalini, who in 1571 began the lower part up to the cornice; it was continued from here by Giovan Battista Chioldi and finished in 1587 by Lattanzio Ventura at the behest of Pope Sixtus V, whose name is written in the upper cornice. It is presented in white Istrian stone, vertically divided into three parts by four pairs of pillars, suggesting the three internal naves.

Vanvitellian bell tower in Loreto

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Campanile Vanvitelliano Loreto 43.44125, 13.61031, Piazza della Madonna, 1, 60025 Loreto, Marche, AN. Campanile Vanvitelliano is the bell tower of the Sanctuary of the Holy House of Loreto, in the Marche region. At 75.60 meters high, it is the tallest bell tower in the region. It rises on the left side of the Basilica, rising 75.60 m high. It was built between 1750 and 1754, on a design by the great Italian architect of Dutch origins Luigi Vanvitelli, author of the famous Royal Palace of Caserta. Built in bricks, with white Istrian stone finishes, it is spread over five levels. The two basics, incorporated in the Apostolic Palace, are square in plan; the third has an octagonal plan, the fourth with a circular plan and the fifth consists of the balustrade with the soaring baroque bulb pinnacle. It houses a carillon of nine bells [2] which intone the notes of the "Litanie lauretane". In the octagonal bell cell there is the main bell, affectionately called Loreta, cast in 151…

The ramparts of the fortress of the Sanctuary of Loreto.

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Bastioni Della Fortezza Loreto Photo by Baldassarri Giuseppe 

Bastioni Della Fortezza Loreto, 60025 Loreto AN, Italy. The ramparts of the fortress of the Sanctuary of Loreto. The itinerary concerns the imposing defensive system built several times in defense of the Sanctuary of the Holy House of Loreto between 1488 and 1522. Starting from 1453, in fact, when the Turks occupied Constantinople causing the fall of the Eastern Roman Empire, the Muslim presence in the Adriatic became overwhelming, demanding the construction of architectures capable of making the Turkish ships desist from the landing. At the behest of Sixtus IV at first and then at the behest of Leo X at a second, the Sanctuary of Loreto was adequately equipped with unsurpassed fortifications. This impressive military system, which made the basilica of Loreto the only fortified church in the world, had architects such as Baccio Pontelli ,, Cristoforo Resse da Imola and Antonio da Sangallo the Younger their own constructing g…

Palazzo Apostolico (Apostolic Palace) Loreto

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Palazzo Apostolico Loreto, Piazza della Madonna, 1, 60025 Loreto AN, Italy, 1, 60025 Loreto AN, Italy. The Apostolic Palace in Loreto, in turn, is characterized by a loggia of Bramante style enriched by the genius of Vanvitelli. the Palace is in the shape of an "L", externally the Apostolic Palace rises like a fortress, the only frieze is the access door to the square that was sculpted by Raniero Nerucci, which decoration on the facade of the Basilica and placed after 1580 at his current place.

Greater fountain in Loreto

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Fontana Maggiore, Monuments and historic buildings in Loreto, 60025 Loreto, Province of Ancona, Italy. An elegant example of Baroque art from the first half of the seventeenth century, the Fontana Maggiore of Loreto is located in Piazza della Madonna, overlooking the profile of the Basilica della Santa Casa and that of the Apostolic Palace. The project tells a "family" story, as the structure was designed and created by Carlo Maderno and Giovanni Fontana, who were respectively uncle and nephew; the fountain, in the intentions of the pontiffs and the city authorities, was necessary for the hygiene of the numerous pilgrims, who could quench their thirst there. Machined in marble and bronze, the fountain is composed of several elements: the lower octagonal base, on two levels; the second base, on three levels and lobed; the large square marble basin with lobes; the two tubs and the bronze statues, from which the water, which comes from a long series of underground galleries d…

Sanctuary of the Holy House Loreto

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Location; Santuario della Santa Casa di Loreto, Piazza Della Madonna, 1, 60025 Loreto, AN, Marches, Italy. Santa Casa Inside is the Holy House of Nazareth, where, according to devotional tradition, the Virgin Mary received the Annunciation. Interior of the Holy House The "house of the Madonna" was formed by three walls leaning against a cave dug into the rock (which is located in the Basilica of the Annunciation in Nazareth). According to popular tradition, on the night between 9 and 10 December 1294 the stones of the house of Nazareth were flown by angels. In fact, some studies and documents found confirmed that transport was by sea on crusader ships. In fact, after the expulsion of the Christians from the Holy Land by Muslims, an exponent of the Angeli family, rulers of Epirus, was interested in saving the Holy House from certain ruin, which was, therefore, transported first to Trsat, in today's Croatia, in 1291 and then in Loreto on 10 December 1294. Studies carrie…

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