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Loreto
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is a significant Marian pilgrimage site near Ancona (central Italy). According to legend, the sanctuary there (“Santa Casa”), a simple rectangular wall with no foundation surrounded by a magnificent hall church (1468–1587) and clad with marble (1513–1538), probably following plans by D. Bramante, is Mary's place of birth in Nazareth, the house in which the annunciation of the immaculate conception took place, and in which Jesus grew up. After the Muslim conquest of Akko in 1291, angels are supposed to have brought this house to the hill of Loreto, via …

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Eder, Manfred, “Loreto”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 29 January 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1877-5888_rpp_SIM_13194>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013



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