Sanctuary of Mount Lussari

Borgo Lussari, Italy

The easternmost peaks of the Alps have been the natural border between the Latin, German and Slav worlds since time immemorial. Today, in a time of peace, they still speak the languages of these peoples and their valleys are places of friendship and cooperation.

Attracting pilgrims from three lands, the shrine of Monte Lussari, in the northeastern corner of Italy, is truly European and a symbol of this peaceful coexistence. According to ancient folklore, the sanctuary has its origins in 1360 following a series of miraculous events: a shepherd found sheep from his flock kneeling around a bush. With amazement, he realised that a statuette of the Virgin and Child was at the centre of the bush. The shepherd gave it to the priest of Camporosso, but the following morning, the statue was found on Lussari with the kneeling sheep surrounding it again. The event repeated itself a third time. Having been informed, the Patriarch of Aquileia ordered that a chapel be built on the spot.

There is no trace left of the original chapel; the current building is the result of the restoration and extension of a 16th Century building. The sanctuary is accessible by foot via the picturesque Sentiero del Pellegrino (Pilgrim’s Path) that winds through the forest of Tarvisio, or with the cable car from Camporosso.



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Founded: 16th century
Category: Religious sites in Italy

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Alex Puppat (42 days ago)
If you are brave, you can hiking from down valley Camporosso and take the Sentiero del Pelegrino to reach Monte Lussari. If you can survive 1100mts level march that includes now snow and cold doing it in 2 ways you will do almost 13km path that will full you of joy.
Pierluigi Avvanzo (11 months ago)
It's a nice place the last stronghold of Italy
Oksana Onufryk/Tubaro (13 months ago)
This is a wonderful stop on your spiritual journey. The lift up the mountain is reasonably priced, the view is awesome. If u have physical limitations, the lift operator will try to accommodate. The sanctuary itself is amazing. How can u not be spiritually inclined when u are above the clouds? My only complaint is for someone physically limited, the stairs to the level of the church is a barrier. Also, a public washroom would b nice. Otherwise it is so beautiful there. There are restaurants and souvenir shops available.
Evi Napetschnig (15 months ago)
Great church in an impressive surrounding.. the church is calm and quiet with a great statue of mother Mary and great construction details (wooden painted ceilings, colored glas window... ) always worth to visit ..
Kelvin Clayton (17 months ago)
It's a lovely little hamlet with stunning views all round. It's beautiful in summer and winter. The cable car runs throughout the ski season, and then from early June until the end of September. Food and drinks are reasonably priced. There are a couple of hundred metres to walk from the cable car to the village and this involved several flights of steps and some gravelly terrain. In summer take a thin outer layer in case it's breezy, and some sun screen.
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