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    Grado

    by olja1234 Updated Jul 31, 2005

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    Grado is an ancient island - town, situated about 11 km south of Aquileila. The name Grado (Gradez in Slovene), derived from the word "gradus" meaning "harbour" Centuries ago, Grado was the town through which Aquileila traded with Arabic and Middel East's countries.

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    by olja1234 Updated Jul 31, 2005

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    By the side of the tiny historic centre, Grado spreads in a more modern areas, with lots of greenery, modern shops outdoor caffes, parks. Whole town of Grado has a special style, on one side Venetian style narrow pats and small squares and modern resort in the other side.

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    by olja1234 Updated Jul 31, 2005

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    The beach was so inviting that early May's day. It looked so relaxing, and you can see some visitors at the water resort. The water is warm and safe as a bath (but not in May, I think) If you want a locker, deckchair and shower facilities, you will have to pay a few euro. The free beaches are at the western end.

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    by olja1234 Updated Jul 31, 2005

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    It is worth to visit the historic part of the town, where an ancient excavations are exposed. We hadn't got enough time, to explore all historic inheritance. I think, centuries back, a place of burial was located there. Some very interesting mosaics can be seen there too.

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    by olja1234 Updated Jul 31, 2005

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    The name of the island refers to the abbot Barbano ho lived there (during 6th century) when the first miracle ascribed to Our Lady was happened. The tradition tells of a strong storm which endangered a population in the year 582 AD. At the end of the storm a wooden statue of Virgin Mary appeared on the island, and as a sign of gratitude for the end of the storm a sanctuary was built.

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    by olja1234 Updated Jul 31, 2005

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    Inside the Chapel of the Apparition there are Egidio Bullesi's remains. He died at the age of 24 and will soon be beatified. There are also some nice paintings in fresco.
    Every first Sunday in July, thousands of pilgrims visited Barbana sanctuary in order to wenew a vow made to Virgin Mary in year 1237.

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    by olja1234 Updated Jul 31, 2005

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    The area around the chapel is encircled by a little cementery . These is the place, where guardians are buried and beside them also devote persons who decided to be buried on the island. As it is not much space around the chapel , the graveyard is reduced only on monks, to be buried there.

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    by olja1234 Updated Jul 31, 2005

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    Icecream in Italy is "a must". Nowhere is as delicious as in Italy. And nothing better to do when strolling around in a hot day, is to visit an ice-cream shop and ... It would be a sin not to taste it, even you are on diet. My favourites are all fruit - tasting.

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    by olja1234 Updated Jul 31, 2005

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    The sixth-century church was heavily restored between the 1930s and 1950s. It preserves parade of ill-matched nave pillars topped by an assortment of Corinthian capitals. The mosaics pavement is beautiful, the pattern being formed by an endless knot.

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    by olja1234 Updated Jul 31, 2005

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    A route to the island Barbana is advisable for people who love nature. It's possible to spend a relaxing day among the lagoon canals and islands. The route starts at Mole Zaccaria in the centre of Grado, the boats are comfortable and suitable for people of every age.

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    by olja1234 Updated Jul 31, 2005

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    The nain altar of the church is precious work of the late 17th century realized by two Venetian sculpturors. On the altar stands the beautiful wooden statue of Our Lady, also realized on 17th century.

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    by olja1234 Updated Jul 31, 2005

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    Today's sanctuary was rebuilt in 1924. When you enter the church, you see unusual stoup in red marble depicting the devil forced to cary holy water. This is a copy of the original stoup sculpted by the Franciscan Claudio Granzotto.

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    by olja1234 Updated Jul 31, 2005

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    Near the sanctuary, you can visit the Chapel of the Apparition. Due to the legend, the chapel was built on exact the same point where Mary's wooden statue was found after the terrible storm which affected the island in year 582 A.D.

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    by olja1234 Updated Jul 31, 2005

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    Empty tables were waiting for guests. It was too early for having lunch. A cluster of good restaurants can be found in the old streets around the basilica. They serve good pizza, fish specialities, good wine and snacks, and more and more.

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    by olja1234 Updated Jul 31, 2005

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    In the corner's side of one the squares in the town, this lovely little house is located. Nicely decorated with flowers planted into a flower boxes attracted my attention. This little house, seems like one from the fairy tale.

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