10 Apr The Shrine of The Virgin of The Rosary Of Pompeii
POMPEII SANCTUARY: THE HISTORY
The Shrine of the Virgin of the Rosary of Pompeii is one of the most important places of worship all over the world, due to the cult of the Virgin Mary.
Blessed Bartolo Longo built it in 1876 in a valley which offered no spiritual spots to the poor farmers who lived there. To do so, as a brilliant manager of a Neapolitan noblewoman’s properties, during 19th century Bartolo Longo decided to launch a global petition and fundraising, a kind of crowdfunding ahead of its time. The modern city developed all around the beautiful church and now millions pilgrims from Southern Italy and the rest or the world come to visit.
Three pontiffs paid homage to the Virgin of the Rosary, among which Pope Francis in 2015.
Pompeii is a place of worship and a very important religious tourism destination, so we recommend a visit to the shrine to enjoy the solemnity of the building and the special icon of the Virgin Mary.
In 1901 a bell tower which overlooks all the valley was erected next to the main structure.
So even if you are in Pompeii to visit the archaeological site, opt for a tour in the church.
Save the date: every year on May 8th and the first Sunday of October you can attend the Petition to the Virgin of the Rosary of Pompeii, a prayer by Bartolo Longo itself and an important religious event.
THE MIRACULOUS ICON OF OUR LADY OF THE ROSARY
The Shrine of the Virgin of the Rosary of Pompeii owes its considerable success mainly to the venerated painting of Our Lady of the Rosary.
History tells that Bartolo Longo received the wrecked painting from a nun in Naples and was carried to Pompeii by a manure transport wagon. However the portrait immediately revealed itself as able to respond the Grace requests.
From then on miracles keep happening and the church is now very famous.