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The Shrine of the Madonna della Guardia: photos, description (Santuario della Madonna della Guardia)

The Shrine of the Madonna della Guardia with its architecture and beautiful surrounding landscapes is one of the tourist attractions of the Italian region of Val d'aosta. The first Church building was probably built in the 13th century, although the first mention of him in historical documents are found only in 1528, the year. In that document was said about the accidental discovery of the statue of the blessed virgin Mary, which is likely to have been hidden here during the time of the barbarian invasions on the Peninsula. Between 1715 and 1718, the year the building was significantly increased.

The facade of the Madonna della Guardia sanctuary attracts attention with its elegance and graceful portico, supported by four columns. The interior of the Church, in the 19th century, painted with frescoes by the brothers Avondo, was decorated with Gothic fan vaulting, and in several small areas located oblations and brought votive things. Undoubtedly, you should pay attention to three wooden altar of the 18th century and that the miraculous statue of the virgin of the 14th century.

Inside on the window sill of the facade on the left side you can see the oval stone which was used as a "chaplain" and the inscription IHS, which can be interpreted as "Jesus Christ the Saviour."

In the square before the Shrine of the Madonna della Guardia set a pretty fountain with a column and mask, dated 1642, the year. The base of the fountain is carved from a solid piece of stone. And behind the Church, visible bell tower and a house for pilgrims, with its elegant portico and views over the plain.