Pompeii is famous all over the world for its archaeological excavations, with 3 million and a half visitors in 2017 turns out to be one of the most visited archaeological sites globally. However, the city of Pompeii gathers in itself what remains of one of the richest cities of the Roman Empire and the center of the Christian spirituality, testified by the many pilgrims visiting the famous sanctuary dedicated to the Blessed Virgin of the Rosary of Pompeii, tangible testimony of the devotion to Our Lady. T
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Pompeii is famous all over the world for the great tragedy of 79AC when the town was destroyed by the eruption of M.Vesuvius, together with Stabiae, Oplontis and Ercolano, a tragedy that however has allowed the preservation of the town for so many centuries and at this day the visitors can see how Roman towns lived.
Thanks to the excavations, tourists can travel in the past, in a lost world that was so important for our present world. Tourists can have a close look to the past, to the most interesting but also the negative elements of that civilization. They can visit the temples, the public palaces, the rich noble villas, but also the shops, the poorer houses and the inns.
Tourists live a very touching experience when they visit the recreation of the bodies made with chalk that show the agony of the inhabitants of Pompeii after the eruption, because of the hot gases coming from the volcano. Thanks to the monuments, art and archaeological remains, Pompeii It’s the perfect spot both for a brief visit or a longer staying in one of the many hotels and Bed and Breakfast nearby.
Shrine of the Virgin of the Rosary of Pompeii
The Shrine of the Virgin of the Rosary of Pompeii is located in Bartolo Longo Square, in an area called Campo Pompeiano, a feud belonging first to Luigi Caracciolo and then to Ferdinando d’Aragona until in 1593 it became the private property of Alfonso Piccolomini.
The Sanctuary, designed by the architect Antonio Cua was consecrated in May 1891 (later become a papal cathedral by the order of Leon XIII). In 1901 Giovanni Rispoli took over from Cua and worked of the monumental façade which has its maximum artistic expression with the statue of the Virgin of Rosario sculptured by Gaetano Chiaromonte in one only block of Carrara’s marble. The church bell-tower has five stories and a bronze door entrance.
One of the most important painting of the Cathedral is the “Rosary Virgin with baby” with its bronze gilt frame, exposed on the high altar. Today, the painting is object of deep veneration because the legend said that the Virgin cured a young girl from epilepsy.
The upper floor is now a museum with prints, pictures and photos representing the Vesuvius eruptions as well as minerals and volcanic rocks, moreover there is a library with about 1300 volumes.