Sacro Monte di Ossuccio – Visit Lake Como
The Sacro Monte di Ossuccio is one of the nine prealpine Sacri Monti of the regions of Lombardy and Piedmont, and which were inscribed on the UNESCO list of World Heritage Sites in 2003.
The history of the mountain is since ancient times linked to religion: in ancient Rome already many sanctuaries were built there, for the worship of Ceres.
In the 16th century, on the Monte di Ossuccio were built 14 baroque chapels representing the mysteries of the rosary to guide the visitors through a path which leads to a final destination: the sanctuary of the Madonna del Soccorso.
The sanctuary, in baroque style, was built in the 16th century, and it hosts many great works of art, including frescos, stuccos and statues celebrating the cult of the Virgin Mother.
The statue of the Beata Vergine del Soccorso in particular, probably dated from the 14th century and moved from a pre-existent building, is well-known.
The sanctuary of the Madonna del Soccorso is still today visited by many pilgrims each year, especially on 8th September, during the celebration of the Nativity of Mary.