Wednesday, January 18, 2017

The Arches of San Luca

A section of the 3.8 km long Portico di San Luca, Sanctuary of the Madonna di San Luca, Bologna
A section of the 3.8 km long Portico di San Luca
Sanctuary of the Madonna di San Luca
Bologna, June 2015

“While a road now leads up to the sanctuary, it is also possible to reach it along a (3.8 km) monumental roofed arcade (Portico di San Luca) consisting of 666 arches, which was built in 1674-1793. It was meant to protect the icon as it was paraded up the hill. A yearly procession from the Cathedral of San Pietro in the centre of Bologna to the Sanctuary goes along this path. Originally the arches held icons or chapels erected by the patron family.” (Sanctuary of the Madonna di San Luca, Wikipedia)