Shrine of Nostra Signora della Guardia

Perched high above Genoa, the Shrine of Nostra Signora della Guardia is a beacon of faith and a testimony to the unwavering devotion of countless pilgrims. With panoramic views and sacred tranquility, it's a spiritual haven amidst the Italian skies. Read more

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The Sanctuary of Our Lady of the Watch, or Nostra Signora della Guardia, stands atop Mount Figogna in Ceranesi, near Genoa. According to legend, the Virgin Mary appeared to a local peasant named Benedetto Pareto in 1490 and instructed him to build a church on this location. Since then, it has been a focal point for pilgrims seeking blessings, healings, and spiritual renewal. The present basilica was erected in the 19th century and has since been an emblematic site for Catholic devotion in the region. The shrine’s position offers breathtaking vistas of the Ligurian sea, the valleys, and the city of Genoa, making it a fusion of spiritual and natural beauty.
The Shrine of Nostra Signora della Guardia is not just a religious site but a place where the spiritual intertwines with natural splendor. Whether you're seeking a deeper connection with the divine, wish to partake in a religious ceremony, or simply want to immerse yourself in the panoramic views, this sanctuary promises a serene and uplifting experience.

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The most famous sights
What to do in Shrine of Nostra Signora della Guardia

The Main Basilica

The heart of the sanctuary, this neo-Gothic structure houses numerous art pieces and the revered statue of the Madonna della Guardia.

Panoramic Terrace

Offers a sweeping view of Genoa and the surrounding landscape, providing a serene backdrop for contemplation.

Chapel of the Apparition

A smaller chapel marking the exact spot of the Virgin Mary's appearance to Benedetto Pareto.

The Pilgrims' Path

A winding path that many devotees take, walking from the base to the shrine, often as a sign of penance or thanksgiving.

Museum of Votive Offerings

Showcases the gifts and tokens offered by pilgrims over the centuries in gratitude for received graces.

Statue of Benedetto Pareto

A tribute to the humble man who first saw the apparition and played a pivotal role in the shrine's history.

Monumental Cross

Overlooking the region, this cross stands as a symbol of faith and is illuminated at night.

Ceremonial Processions

Held regularly, especially on significant religious dates, these processions add to the spiritual ambiance of the place.

The Sacristy

An elegant room with frescoed walls and housing religious artifacts.

Surrounding Natural Beauty

The mountainous region around the shrine is perfect for nature walks, offering peace and tranquility.

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