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Basilica of the Madonna dei Sette Dolori: photos, description Basilica Santuario della Madonna dei Sette Dolori)

Basilica of the Madonna dei Sette Dolori - blessed virgin Mary of the Seven Sorrows is located in Pescara. It is a religious, historical, artistic and cultural landmark of the city and of the region of Abruzzo. The Basilica was built in the early 17th century on the same hill where once, according to legend, shepherds were the mother of God with a heart pierced by seven spears. The first miraculous phenomenon was a small chapel, built in the second half of the 16th century, then in its Foundation the Church was built, and then the current Basilica. In 1665, the year Bishop Raffaele Aubercy bestowed upon her the title of parish Church dedicated to the Madonna dei Sette Dolori. And almost three centuries later, in 1959 year, at the initiative of Pope John XXIII granted the status of minor Basilica of the order of minor Capuchins.

The history of this Church has always been closely connected with the history of Pescara. At the end of the 19th century residents used the area around the Basilica as the venue for political meetings and gatherings. And when on the hill was built the City Hall, the Basilica became the real centre of the city, its "soul".

The neoclassical appearance of the Basilica with the perfect symmetry of forms and proportions is the result of restoration work carried out in the late 18th - early 19th centuries. The Central part of the facade is decorated with pilasters with Corinthian capitals and a triangular tympanum. The marble portal is crowned by a plaque with the date of the consecration of the Basilica - 1757-th year. Impressive bell tower, which is part of the right of the apse, whose forms are recognizable from afar, was built in 1888, the year. Its structure is clearly marked by pilasters at the corners. The bell tower itself is divided into two parts and crowned with a small dome.

Inside the Basilica consists of a Central nave and two side aisles, separated from each other by arcades. The nave is somewhat higher than the aisles. On the walls are huge Windows with colorful stained glass Windows. The presbytery is decorated by a monumental triumphal arch and the lighted window with scenes from the life of various saints.