Basilica di Santa Maria di Monte Berico, Vicenza
After visiting the Ducati dealership, we continued on our tour of Vicenza. Our next stop was to the top of Monte Berico and the Basilica di Santa Maria di Monte Berico. Built in 3 months (1429), the church was/is a shrine to the Virgin Mary because if built, she would rid the city of the plague. Located in front of the basilica is the Piazzale della Vittoria which provides a panaromic view of the city, mountains and surrounding valley.
No, we never ventured out here as a six-year-old would not want to walk for half an hour uphill (click on the picture) and back again just to look at an old church. Moreover, it was impossible to venture further to see Palladio's Villa Rotonda as there were no buses. However, it is one of the most famous churches in the Veneto with people making pilgrimages to it in coach loads. To be ctd.
The story about the Virgin's appearance to announce that Vicenza would be spared during a plague in 1426-28. Vicentini (Italian for citizens of Vicenza) decided to build the basilica in honor of the Virgin's appearance and "sparing"
An addendum that does not appear on the description of the Basilica is:
The Vicentines started construction on the basilica, the plague ended and so did the construction. The plague started up again, the Virgin appeared again, construction was followed through to completion, and the plague ended, again.
Working sanctuary where you can buy religious items and exlpore the buildings.
Take a coffee and enjoy great views over the city.