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  • Sanctuary of the Madonna del Faggio

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    Sanctuary of the Madonna del Faggio

    Contact: IAT Alto Reno Terme 0534-521103 - Parrocchia Porretta 0534/22142 - Pro Loco "Il Faggio" 0534-29351
    Loc. Madonna del Faggio 40046 Castelluccio, Municipality of Alto Reno Terme BO
    Tel. 0534/22142
    Getting here: From Castelluccio follow the sign for Pennola; here take the white road (suitable for cars) until you get to a gate, where you can continue on foot. The sanctuary is about 15 minutes walk from the gate.
    Opening days: In Summer every Sunday
    Full price: Free admission

    The small and isolated church takes its name from the beautiful beech wood that surrounds it. The sanctuary is located about 3km from Castelluccio, between Porretta and Belvedere. The area is lovely and the sanctuary is an ideal destination also for short excursions.
    Like many other sanctuaries, this one originates from an image of the Vergin that was hanging from a beech tree, according to a legend; the image was then placed into a niche, probably around 1670, and since then popular devotion started to spread because the icon was considered to be miraculous. The sanctuary was actually built in 1722; in the beginning it was named after the Madonna del Rio Scorticato, from the name of the locality. Since the beginning, the sanctuary attracted great popular devotion. In 1756 the locals started to bring the Madonna on a procession from the sanctuary to Castelluccio, like the Madonna of St Luke in Bologna; then, the icon was brought back on Ascension Day, amidst the great religious fervour of the inhabitants of Castelluccio, Capugnano and Monte Acuto delle Alpi. The same year, locals also started to celebrate St. Anna, mother of the virgin, (July 26th) with a procession to the beech tree of the apparition; this celebration is still popular today. During the first half of the XIX century, the building was modified and widened; the interior was decorated by Lorenzo Pranzini, a painter from Castelluccio. The bell tower and the loggia, one of the most significant features of the sanctuary, were built in 1837.

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    Last update: 19/11/18     (NewsID: 20002)
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