Sanctuary of Monte Lussari

An incredible 14th century church, nestled on the peak of Mount Lussari, 1789m above sea level, where Italy, Slovenia and Austria meet in the Alps. Legend has it that the Virgin Mary appeared on this site and this inspired the construction of the church.

About this building

Built in the second half of the 14th century on the peak of Mount Lussari (Italian: Monte Lussari, Slovene: Svete Visarje) near the town of Tarvisio, Italy, this sanctuary dedicated to the Virgin Mary has attracted pilgrims of Italian, German and Slovenian origins for generations. Legend tells that a shepherd, searching for his lost sheep, found them crowded around a mountain pine, in which was nestled a Madonna and Child. The sanctuary is part of a walking route through the mountains, and is a place of astonishing beauty, surrounded by enormous peaks and suggestive landscapes.

Key Features

  • Atmosphere / quiet space
  • Wildlife

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