Pompeii Sanctuary

Pompeii Sanctuary of the Blessed Virgin of the Rosary is a Roman Catholic cathedral

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Pompeii Sanctuary of the Blessed Virgin of the Rosary is a Roman Catholic cathedral.

Pompeii Sanctuary of the Blessed Virgin of the Rosary is a Roman Catholic cathedral.

Pompeii Sanctuary

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Pompei duomo

Pompeii Sanctuary

In Piazza Bartolo Longo stands the famous sanctuary of the  Beata Vergine del Rosario.

Once, this large area called Campo Pompeiano, was a feud belonging first to Luigi Caracciolo and then to Ferdinando d’Aragona until in 1593 it became the private property of Alfonso Piccolomini.

From this moment an inexorable decline started and ended only towards the end of the nineteenth century with the arrival of a young lawyer from Puglia, Bartolo Longo with the task to administrate the goods of the countess De Fusco.

Bartolo Longo decided to commit himself to the divulgation of Christianity and thus founded the Confraternity of the Holy Rosary in the church of SS. Salvatore, here he started the collection to build the Sanctuary dedicated to the Madonna.

Indirizzo: Piazza Bartolo Longo, 1
80045 Pompei Napoli
Telefono: 081 857 7111

The Sanctuary, which was designed by the architect Antonio Cua who directed the work without recompense, was consecrated on May 7th 1891. In 1901 Giovanni Rispoli took over from Cua and he superintended the works of the monumental façade which has its maximum artistic expression with the statue of the Vergine del Rosario sculptured by Gaetano Chiaromonte in a block of marble from Carrara.

In 1901 the sanctuary became a papal Basilica by order of pope Leon XIII.
Aristide and Pio Leonori designed the bell-tower which has its entrance from a bronze door and has five floors. The Basilica has got a nave and two side aisles. In the nave there is a cupola 57 metres high.
The painting of the “Vergine del Rosario con il Bambino” with its bronze gilt frame is exposed on the high altar. Today the painting is object of  deep veneration and the story of its acquisition is really strange.
The painting was bought from a second-hand dealer by Father Alberto Maria Radente belonging to the convent of “S. Domenico Maggiore” who gave it as a gift to Bartolo Longo.

Then the painting was brought to Pompeii by a carter on a barrow full of manure.
At this point a young girl went to the sanctuary where she prayed to the Madonna to be cured from epilepsy; and this grace was conceded, from this moment the church became a place of pilgrimage. Not far from the sanctuary there is Bartolo Longo’s house.
The upper floor is now a museum with prints, pictures and photos representing the Vesuvius eruptions as well as minerals and volcanic rocks. There is also a library with about 1300 volumes.

Our Lady of the RosaryPompeii Sanctuary

The painting of “Our Lady of the Rosary” with its bronze gilt frame is presented to the pilgrims on the high altar. The venerated painting depicts the Virgin Mary and Child Jesus presenting rosaries to Saint Dominic and SaintCatherine of Siena. Originally bought by Dominican priest Alberto Radente for eight carlini in Naples, it was offered to Bartolo Longo on the 13 November 1875 for the church he was building in Pompeii.

The original building built between 1876 and 1891 and designed by Antonio Cua followed a Latin cross plan. It was only 420 square metres (4,500 sq ft).[4] The construction of the façade, work of Giovanni Rispoli, started on the 15 May 1893. The facade culminates with the statue of the Virgin of the Rosary (18,000 kg , 3.25 m ), work of Gaetano Chiaromonte, carved from a single block of Carrara marble, beneath which are placed the word “PAX” and the year “MCMI” (1901).

To accommodate the increasing numbers of pilgrims, the sanctuary was expanded between 1934 and 1939 from one to three aisles, keeping its Latin cross plan. The project was designed by the architect-priest Monsignor Spirito Maria Chiapetta. Each new aisle has three three altars on each side The new building with its 2,000 square metres (22,000 sq ft) can accommodate up to 6,000 people.

The 80-metre (260 ft) bell tower built between 1912 and 1925 was designed by Aristide Leonori, assisted by his brother Pio Leonori.

SS. Festive Masses:
hours 6:00 to 7:00 – 8:00 to 9:00 (in other languages​​)
10.00 – 11:00 to 13:00 – 16:00 to 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

SS. Masses Weekdays:
7:00 – 8:00 to 9:00 (in other languages​​)
10:00 11:00 to 16:00 – 17:00 to 19:00

Angelus, Adoration and the Rosary: 18.00

CHAPEL Bartolo Longo
SS. Festive Masses:
hours 8:30 to 9:30 – 10:30 to 11:30 – 12:30 to 17:30

SS.Messe Weekdays: 6:30 am – 8:30 to 9:30 – 10:30 to 11:30 – 12:30 to 17:30

S. Mass in English: 8:00 am Sundays and public holidays

S. Mass in Spanish on Sundays and public holidays 9:00 am

S. Mass in Ukrainian: Sundays and Bank Holidays 10.00 am

S. Mass in French: Sunday and holidays 8:30 am

S. Mass in Syro Malabar Rite: 2? Sunday of each month at 11.30 am.

From 7.00 to 12.30 and from 15.30 to 19.00


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