Shrine of Our Lady of the Rosary, Pompei
The Basilica of Pompeii offers an intimate break from the frenetic hustle and bustle of everyday life, bestowing peace upon the visitor and inviting meditation, reflection and contemplation. Bathed in soft light, the subtle splendour of the gold decoration and the opulence of the marble and inlays soothe and captivate, creating a luxurious yet light atmosphere.
Every angle provides divine, moving inspiration.
Delicate, small and evocative, the image of Our Lady of the Rosary appears suspended in the majestic space that invites visitors to stop and spend some time in that place. It urges them to contemplate infinity, to enter into a dialogue with the divine being. Its founder, Bartolo Longo, intended it to serve as a “Shrine to global fraternity, connecting mankind with one another through kindness and love, manifested by St. Rosario’s contemplative rite”.
The fraternal connection among mankind envisioned by the charismatic Longo is kept alive today, in the form of the hospitality provided by his charities to those in need.
Pompeii represents an extraordinary blend of past and present. Bearing traces of an ancient pagan tradition, the votive offerings made to Our Lady reflect an ancestral need to engage personally and directly with divine beings. Though the symbolism is similar, the Christian message revolutionised the substance of the offering, conferring new hope, devotion and tenderness, and demonstrating God’s love for the less fortunate among us.
The gifts offered to Madonna del Rosario, as thanks for answered prayers, are material objects that are dear to the visitor, expressing their emotions, intense prayers and pure devotion.
Each individual offering represents personal moments, hopes and prayers; these acquire a universal voice in Pompeii – characterised by communion, interaction, spiritual fusion and choral expression – that goes beyond the physical space to become a timeless, collective and universal entreaty.