Monte Berico Church

Vicenza, Italy

The Church of St. Mary of Mount Berico  is a minor basilica standing at the top of a hill which overlooks the city of Vicenza.

According to the legend, the Blessed Virgin appeared on the hill twice to a peasant worker named Vincenza Pasini in 1426 and 1428. At this time in the Veneto, the people and economy had been suffering from a terrible plague for years. The Madonna promised that if the people of Vicenza built a church on the top of the hill she would rid them of the plague. The people kept their promise and the church was built in 3 months.

The original church later became a sanctuary. The original basilica has been restored repeatedly during the centuries, sometimes with famous architects such as Palladio, Piovene and Miglioranza. All these changes are still visible today.

The statue of the Virgin Mary was sculpted by Nicolò da Venezia in 1430, two years after the second apparition.



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Founded: 1435
Category: Religious sites in Italy


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Hyebin Lim (4 months ago)
My jaw drops every time I come up to Monte Berico, and I have gone here countless of times for my morning runs every time I have visited Vicenza. Such a beautiful sanctuary and places around to sip on coffee. Must visit place of Vicenza for sure!
D P Rogers (5 months ago)
A beautiful minor basilica and according to tradition built on the hilltop location where the Blessed Virgin twice appeared to a peasant worker Vincenza Pasini in the 15th century. Wonderful views from the hilltop and several nice places to eat lunch and enjoy the scenery. Lots of history with the basilica so take your time and enjoy it.
ANTHONY MARINO (12 months ago)
The richness of the architecture and decor of the basilica is awesome. Not grandiose like other basilicas but a microcosm of the most grand style. It delights the eye, inspires the soul and envelopes the mind. The Christmas display is beautiful and masterfully arranged.
Roie Lord-Taylor (2 years ago)
Lovely walk and view. There are so many ways to get up here. From the woods threw a snaking trail or threw an arch up 200 steps and along a covered walkway. Beautiful either way. And a great way to get acquainted with the city. View never grows old and the more you site see and get familiar with the city, the better it gets.
Bivin Baby (2 years ago)
A beautiful Roman Church situated in the Monte Berico. Its a famous Pilgrim Center in Vicenza. The Alter brings you such a heavenly feel and the statue of Mother of God is special and calls your attention back to centuries and the rich tradition of the church. This beautiful church has special facilities for confession. Piazza or square before the church is notable and from there we could have a wonderful birds view of City. People and monks here are very friendly. A must seen church in Vicenza
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