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“Holy shrine in Orvieto”

Ranked #9 of 73 things to do in Orvieto
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Owner description: This Gothic church, built to celebrate the so-called Miracle of Bolsena (1263 AD,) contains the sacred corporale (altar cloth) that is locked in a huge, jewel-encrusted casket and a number of magnificent frescoes by the 14th-century painter Ugolino di Prete, which describes the miracle.
Reviewed 25 June 2014

This chapel houses the relic of the corporale, or cloth in which a priest holds a communion wafer, from the miraculous Mass at Bolsena. Most decoration is fourteenth century. The walls contain frescoes recounting the history of the relic and other miraculous masses. The stupendous silver, gold, and enamel reliquary is in a case, now at eye-level so you can see the fine workmanship. The site is very holy, and often the chapel is only open for prayer.

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Reviewed 14 December 2013

Get a guide to explain the significance of the intricate carvings on the exterior and you'll begin to appreciate this architectural gem. We didn't even go inside, but were fascinated as the stories brought it to light. Thank you Insight Vacations and our superb guide, Marco.

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Reviewed 3 November 2013

What a relief that we now have a scientific explanation for this embarrassing "miracle". The chapel remains a little gem. It is supposed to be a space in the Cathedral reserved for prayer and Mass is celebrated there on weekdays. Unfortunately it seems to be in fact a meeting place for local gossips. I was there one evening while the nuns were praying their Vespers - a tour guide marched in with her troops and gave a loud lecture. The Cathedral Authorities ought to take steps to enforce a holy silence in this place of prayer and devotion.

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Reviewed 6 July 2012

If you have a check list of relics that you are working on then I guess it is worth it. Fortunately it is part of the entry fee for seeing the Signorelli frescoes so take a peek.

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