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Loreto is a hilltown and comune of the Italianmarker province of Ancona, in the Marche. It is mostly famous as the seat of the Basilica della Santa Casamarker, a popular Catholic pilgrimage site.


Loreto is located 127 m above sea-level on the right bank of the Musone river. It is 22 km by rail SSE of Anconamarker. Like many places in the Marche, it provides good views from the Apenninesmarker to the Adriaticmarker.

Main sights

Loreto's main monuments occupy the four sides of the piazza: the college of the Jesuits, the Palazzo Comunale (formerly the Palazzo Apostolico), designed by Bramante, with an art gallery with works of Lorenzo Lotto, Vouet and Annibale Carracci as well as a collection of maiolica, and the Shrine of the Holy Housemarker (Santuario della Santa Casa).

The city has also a massive line of walls designed by Antonio da Sangallo the Younger, which were erected from 1518 and reinforced in the 17th century.


File:062 3A.JPG|The Basilica della santa casa from behindFile:Ancona loreto.jpg|The Basilica della santa casa

International relations

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