Madonna de Tirano

Tirano, Italy

Catholic shrine of the Madonna di Tirano is a major tourist attraction in Tirano. The shrine is dedicated to the appearance of the Blessed Mother to Mario Degli Omodei on September 29, 1504, an event religious pilgrims credit with ending a pestilence. The church construction begun in 1505 and was consecrated in 1528.

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Founded: 1505
Category: Religious sites in Italy

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Pat McCarthy (5 months ago)
Beautiful inside and out.
luke matarazzo (5 months ago)
Small but captivating church in the inside. The outside isn't much of anything, but that all changes when you get inside, where you can see an enormous organ with entirely wooden pipes as well as a wooden statue of Mary, covered in a veil of silk that was placed there over 100 years ago.
Victoria Kennedy (5 months ago)
We (mother 88yrs) walked over a klm to see chapel, however it was closed (early afternoon) and we cld only walk around it. The outside was ok...I've seen better outsides
Nuser Muser (6 months ago)
Magnificent church! One of the most beautiful and impressive places I've visited.
Van Lancaster (12 months ago)
A very pretty Catholic Church. Beautiful architecture and the interior was beautiful
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