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  • Sanctuary of the Madonna delle Lacrime
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Si Trova: a Siracusa
Lat: 37° 4' 29.87447" N - Long: 15° 17' 9.079914" E

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Between 29 August and 1 September 1953, in the house of the young married couple Iannuso, in Via degli Orti di San Giorgio 11, suddenly a picture depicting the Madonna, placed on the bedside, began to shed tears.

Many people came to see and saw the tears; scientific analysis revealed that it was human tears and the Church recognized the event as miraculous.

The Shrine of Lacrimation, in modern style, houses this picture.

It was designed by the French architects Michel Andrault and Pierre Parat and was inaugurated by Pope John Paul II in 1994.

The construction is about 103 meters high and has a diameter of 71.40 m, with a capacity of 11,000 standing places and about 6,000 seats to sit.

Above the altar there is a precious crucifix from 1700.

There are 16 chapels.

Looking at the altar, on the right there is a chapel where the relics of Mary's tears are exposed on Sundays and public holidays.

Below, there is a crypt with a capacity of about 3,000 seats.

Looking at the high altar, on the left side there is an archaeological find, probably a Byzantine hypogeum, under which there are two inaccessible Greek-Roman environments, where a small watercourse flows.

Already during the excavations of the foundations a housing area of ​​the VI century BC was found.

A section of the main street of Akradina was also discovered, one of the districts that made up the ancient Syracuse.


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