The Sanctuary of Castelpetroso, a “Little Italian Lourdes”
Architecture & Design

The Sanctuary of Castelpetroso, a “Little Italian Lourdes”

Santuario di Castelpetroso ,Italia

The Sanctuary of Castelpetroso, a “Little Italian Lourdes”

The Sanctuary of Maria Santissima Addolorata is an important place of worship, a pilgrimage destination for followers of the Catholic faith. This splendid work of neo-Gothic architecture is located in Molise, precisely in the small medieval village of Castelpetroso, in the province of Isernia.

After a series of miracles and Marian apparitions at the end of the 19th century, this area became known as the "little Italian Lourdes". The sanctuary was built immediately after these events during the twentieth century, over a very long period of time, slowed down by the two world wars that blocked several times its realization. The Basilica, carried on by three generations of skilled Molise stonecutters was completed in 1975, the year in which it was also consecrated.

The Sanctuary of Castelpetroso was built further downstream from where the apparitions took place, making it accessible to pilgrims. Today it is known for its religious importance but also as an enchanted castle, a fairy-tale place immersed in the verdant landscape of one of the lesser known villages in Italy.

"The photos on this site are owned by users or purchased from image banks"