Shrine of St. Maria of Montevergine
Visitors to the Montevergine shrine are drawn to its solemn grace, struck by a profound silence that soothes the soul. In ancient times it was home to a temple dedicated to Cybele, protector of the forest and the animals.
In the early 12th century, having travelled the length and breadth of medieval Europe, a young St. William sensed the presence of God on the mount and chose to take refuge there. His agonising pursuit of the Almighty drew him to the silence of that place, where he founded a church dedicated to the Virgin Mary. Her image resides in a cosy chapel in the shrine, worshipped throughout the centuries.
A sense of solemnity hangs in the air as visitors behold her large, dark eyes: “Our Lady (…) sits radiant and divine, perusing the depths below” (Domenico Rea). Her benevolent but stern gaze greets each visitor as they arrive. Profound and inquisitive, it touches their hearts and souls, paying homage to the eternal, beneficent connection with Iripinia, the area so beloved by St. William, the wayfarer from the North.
An entrance arch leads the way into the cloisters: the white of the paving stones and ancient walls invites meditation, rest and private communion, preserving timeless memories and a peaceful silence. Plunged into the tangible, vast beauty of the surroundings, visitors have a sense of being at one with the heavens, while the wind bears witness to emotions, journeys, and eternal cycles.
A majestic staircase, framed by a porticoed arcade, leads the way to the two basilicas: here, groups of pilgrims sing ancestral hymns, a testament to their profound devotion. Popular artistic relics serve as votive offerings, acknowledging mercies received and alluding to the powerful, authentic connection between this place and its visitors.
The Benedictine monks welcome the worshippers and officiate Eucharistic liturgies; they serve as a point of reference for travellers to the Montevergine Shrine, which has evolved over time into an extraordinary beacon of devotion to the Virgin Mary.
From May to October: weekday: 7,30 – 19,30; holiday: 7,30 – 20,00
From November to April: weekday: 7,30 – 17,00; holiday: 7,30 – 18,30
Opening hours of the Museum
July – August – September: weekday: 9,00 – 12,00; holiday: 9,00 – 12,30 e 15,00 – 18,00
From January to June and from October to Decembre: holiday: 9,00 – 12,30 e 15,00 – 18,00
User manual – Campania Paths of the Soul (pdf)
Reference: Don Giovanni Gargiulo
Santuario Abbazia Santa Maria di Montevergine
Via Santuario – 83013 Mercogliano (AV)