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“why two miracles?”

Basilica della Madonna dell'Umilta Pistoia
Ranked #15 of 113 things to do in Pistoia
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Reviewed 9 August 2015

the first miracle happened when the Madonna on the fresco on the wall cried (tears were seen to have come out of her eyes, like in Medjugorie these days). The second miracle is that the tears didn't run straight down, but made a bend in order to avoid the figure of holy Jesus. The result is that, like the Berlin wall, they took a large chunk of wall out and placed it on the main altar! That is the fresco you see today on the altar, a humble Madonna sitting on the ground and breast-feeding baby Jesus. The "popolo" (ordinary folk) liked this picture because humble people could identify with humble Madonna.

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Reviewed 29 July 2015

If you are in Pistoia this is worth a visit. The entrance looks very modest but inside it is a bit like the Medici chapel in Florence. It is a large, octagonal basilica-the third largest in the world according to our guide at the cathedral tour. There are the usual huge paintings and the ornate decorations you expect in a Catholic chapel and it is all very impressive. The madonna herself is the charming centrepiece of the basilica. I would allow 20 minutes for the visit.

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