SANCTUARY

BEATA VERGINE MARIA

DELLE GRAZIE


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THE SANCTUARY


The Sanctuary of the Beata Vergine delle Grazie is located at about 9 km from the city of Mantua and at about 30 km from the Lake Garda, in the picturesque village of Grazie di Curtatone, along the road to Cremona.

It stands on a hill overlooking the valley of the Mincio.









To reach the shrine, you cross the village of Grazie, you go along a narrow passage among old colorful houses and you suddenly come in a large square. In the background, stands out with its sharp lines, the Sanctuary.
Once upon a time the square was much larger and was surrounded by porticoes.


Central to the history and life of the Sanctuary is the Solemnity of the Assumption, August 15th. From the early morning the streets of the village are  invaded by a multitude of pilgrims, and later by the visitors of a traditional trade fair, which has reached an internation fame for over thirty years thanks to the presence of the "madonnari" who with their coloured crayons change the asphalt into a phantasmagorical carpet, reproducting famous paintings of sacred subject.
 

 




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Plan of the Sanctuary


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To the Queen of Martyrs

Mary, most holy Virgin and Queen of Martyrs, accept the sincere homage of my filial affection. Into thy heart, pierced by so many swords, do thou welcome my poor soul. Receive it as the companion of thy sorrows at the foot of the Cross, on which Jesus died for the redemption of the world. With thee, O sorrowful Virgin, I will gladly suffer all the trials, contradictions, and infirmities which it shall please our Lord to send me. I offer them all to thee in memory of thy sorrows, so that every thought of my mind, and every beat of my heart may be an act of compassion and of love for thee. And do thou, sweet Mother, have pity on me,reconcile me to thy divine Son Jesus, keep me in His grace, and assist me in my last agony, so that I may be able to meet thee in heaven and sing thy glories. Amen.

SANTUARIO BEATA VERGINE MARIA DELLE GRAZIE