This is obviously quite an unusual place to build a church, but the story of why the Santuario Madonna della Corona is here is even more unusual…
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The people of Monte Baldo were baffled by a light emanating from a point in the cliff face where there was no house. They went to investigate and found that the light was coming from a statue of the Virgin, so they took the statue to their camp and rested for the night. When they awoke, the statue was gone – it had returned to the place where they had found it the day before. There was nothing for it. The church of Madonna della Corona had to be built here.
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