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Montevecchia (Lecco): Sanctuary of the Blessed Virgin of Carmel

Foto Sanctuary of the Blessed Virgin of Carmel
Foto Sanctuary of the Blessed Virgin of Carmel
Foto Sanctuary of the Blessed Virgin of Carmel
Foto Sanctuary of the Blessed Virgin of Carmel
Foto Sanctuary of the Blessed Virgin of Carmel
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Places  of historical value  of artistic value  of landscape value around Milan (Italy): Sanctuary of the Blessed Virgin of CarmelThe Sanctuary of Montevecchia, or, better, the Sanctuary of the Blessed Virgin of the Carmel of Montececchia, is located in a splendid panoramic position on the hill overlooking the built-up area of Montevecchia.

The complex includes the main body of the church placed in an elevated position on the top of the hill, the canonical house leaning on the southern side of the church and arranged on two levels and to the north a minor body which includes the chapel of the brotherhood, which constitutes a real oratory, and the sacristy.

HISTORY
A first version of the church was already present at the beginning of the thirteenth century. In fact it was a chapel, dedicated to "S. Giovanni Battista in Montaegia" and associated with the even older watchtower, located at the top of the Montevecchia hill. This tower was later transformed into the bell tower of the church and as such is still in existence.
In 1564 the small church on the hill was recognized as a parish.
Between the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, the current temple was built, perhaps on the ruins of the previous church, always as a parish church dedicated to S. Giovanni Decollato; patroness the Blessed Virgin of Mount Carmel.
It is certain that there was a cemetery around the church on the northwest side.

In 1854 the parish of Montevecchia was detached from the comunity of Missaglia and annexed to the new vicarage of Merate.

The current sanctuary was a parish church until the years 1928-1930, that is, until the inauguration of the new parish church, built further below.
The new church assumed the title of S. Giovanni Battista Decollato, which had been the title of the primitive thirteenth-century chaplaincy and of the sixteenth-century church on the hill.
The latter then began to be considered and frequented as a Marian sanctuary in honor of the Virgin of the Mount Carmel, who was, from the beginning, parochial co-patron. In 1945 Cardinal Schuster officially ratified the passage of the title.

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