Few People Know The Iconic Blessed Virgin Mary Statue In Maryland Was Actually Imported From Italy
There’s no shortage of
landmarks in Maryland. From historic buildings, to forts, and more, the Old Line State is full of things to see (and do). The following landmark has been and iconic fixture in Maryland for decades, but not many people know that it was actually imported from Italy. Read on to learn more about this remarkable statue and consider seeing it in person if you haven’t already.
There's a whole lot of beauty and inspiration at National Shrine Grotto of Our Lady of Lourdes. You'll find this peaceful place in Emmitsburg, next to Mount St. Mary's University.
While technically a Catholic shrine, anybody can stroll the grounds here and take in the beauty.
Speaking of statues, there are dozens onsite, most of them dedicated to the blessed Mother Mary.
The most iconic of the statues is this golden sculpture, which is perched atop the 78-foot Pangborn Memorial Campanile.
The statue itself is 26-feet tall and overlooks the grounds below.
The Blessed Virgin Mary statue was originally commissioned in 1964 and created by Italian sculptor Marcello Tommasi. The gold-leafed sculpture was imported from Italy to Baltimore by boat, and then driven to its home today.
The iconic statue has been a fixture at the shrine for decades. People travel from all over to pray to it, and to marvel at its brilliant coloring, which glistens in the sun.
It was only recently taken down to be restored, and now sits atop the Pangborn Memorial Campanile once more.
Come see this man-made marvel for yourself, and enjoy the rest of the National Shrine Grotto as well. The statues, fountains, and especially the surrounding views will no doubt inspire.
Learn more about National Shrine Grotto, including upcoming events, Mass schedule, and more. You can also follow the shrine on Facebook.
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Address: National Shrine Grotto of ?Our Lady of Lourdes, 16330 Grotto Rd, Emmitsburg, MD 21727, USA