Sanctuary of the Madonna di San Luca

Stretching for 4km, this church is connected to Bologna by the world’s longest portico and its 666 arches.

Sanctuary of the Madonna di San LucaA Beastly Number of Arches

According to legend, the Sanctuary of the Madonna di San Luca was founded in the 12th century after a pilgrim came to Bologna bearing an icon of the Virgin from the temple of Saint Sofia in Constantinople. The present church was built in 1723, and filled with rich religious artwork, including frescoes, paintings, sculptures, and stucco, all with a healthy dose of gold accenting. For the faithful and adventurous, the 17th century portico is the sanctuary’s most unique feature. Built to protect the sacred icon during its yearly procession, the covered arcade is the longest in the world, and is a decidedly unique walk for those looking to enjoy the view from its 666 arches.

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