The Loreto Church in the Lesser Town has many attractively unique features. There is a courtyard with a massive bas relief mausoleum-looking monument covered with exquisite carvings of saints and enclosing a chapel with a black Madonna and infant Jesus; and a priceless treasury includes a monstrance with over 6000 diamonds.
The opulently adorned interior of the church is also unique in at least one aspect, but we didn’t find it attractive at all. We found it hideous. Hundreds of ugly baby angels, small and large, hover over or hug many of the statues, paintings, and the organ. They have bulging eyes, red-smeared lips, bloated bellies, and perhaps their most obnoxious quality, self-satisfied grins. These angels take away from the overall grandeur of the church. If you are in the area, it is a nice quick visit, but not worth great effort to find it.
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