Piazza Della Basilica, Tirano, Italy, 2011

Tirano has been a transit point for pilgrims crossing the alps since the middle-ages. Great pilgrimage church, the Basilica Madonna di Tirano, occupies the centre of this square outside of the medieval city walls. Story goes that on september 29, 1504, a vision of the Virgin Mary appeared to Mario Degli Omodei, and told him to build a sanctuary to travellers on this spot. Six months later first stone was laid. Even today it is a main crossroad in the city and even famous Bernina pass railroad tracks run down the middle of the space.

Small ethnographic history museum is also located here, and across from the church fresco from 1513 depicting the appearance of the Blessed Virgin, adorned by the pilgrims.

TIP for the visitors: Inside the city walls, less then 10 min walking distance from this square, 14th century Pallazzo Lambertenghi is renting rooms during summer months. Unbelievable experience sleeping in the museum! [see two photos bellow].

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sociability
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ceremonial
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uses & activities
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religious
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access & linkages
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social
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comfort
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residential
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image
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court yard
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