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Perched on ancient cliffs is one of the Veneto's and indeed Italy's most impressive sights. This is the sixteenth century Madonna della Corona.
Awesome is so over used these days, but when you first set eyes upon this church you'll understand the true meaning instantly.
It seems almost impossible to imagine how they could build it up here. Hanging, swallow's nest style, on the edge of a towering cliff, threatening to tumble down into abyss below and all the while heart wrenchingly beautiful.
The overhanging cliff too seems set to crush the church, held off only by divine intervention.
In the early 16th century, villagers below witnessed a remarkable sight on the mountain slopes—a radiant light that beckoned their attention. Intrigued by this celestial glow, they embarked on a courageous journey of exploration. Their search led them to a profound discovery: a statue of the Madonna, cradling the lifeless body of Jesus in her arms.
In homage to this extraordinary find, the villagers decided to erect a church in the exact location where the sacred statue was unearthed. The church's humble beginnings saw it occupy a space no larger than a single room, serving as a testament to the deep-rooted faith that resided within the hearts of the community.
As the years unfolded and the veneration for the Madonna grew, the church underwent significant expansion. Its walls stretched wide, accommodating the ever-increasing number of faithful who sought solace, guidance, and spiritual connection within its hallowed halls. The extension became a testament to the unwavering devotion that permeated the lives of those who visited this sacred place.
Today, the Madonna della Corona stands as a testament to the power of faith and the enduring bond between humanity and the divine. Ascending the path to this sanctuary, visitors are transported through time, enveloped in a sense of wonder and reverence. The breathtaking natural surroundings serve as a backdrop to the ethereal tranquility that emanates from within.
Whether one approaches the Madonna della Corona as a person of faith or simply seeks a moment of introspection and solace, the sanctuary offers a space where heaven and earth seem to converge. Step inside and allow the timeless connection to the divine to unfold before your eyes. Let the Madonna's embrace touch your soul, and may the echoes of devotion from centuries past inspire and uplift you on your own spiritual journey.
An easy day trip from Verona or Lake Garda. Base yourself either in Verona (the Hotel Verona is a good option) or somewhere like the Hotel le Mura in Lazise and you'll be perfectly situated to explore the Madonna della Corona.
It is best to have your own car to get to the Madonna though and to help you plan your trip I have highlighted the Madonna on the map below the links - it it the little blue marker thingy to the mid-right of the map and to the left of the A22 road.