Our Lady Of The Hill Or Mountain
Country : Italy
The sanctuary of the Sacred Hill at Varese in Lombardy, Italy, is said to have had its origin in a chapel built to commemorate Our Lady’s appearing to Saint Ambrose there during the later fourth-century.
The sanctuary grew in popularity, especially after a convent of Augustinian nuns was established in the fifteenth century. The principal shrine is the church of the Immaculate Conception, with chapels of the mysteries of the rosary.
Primarily, the “Hill” had been dedicated by the pagan people, to the goddess of victory; but Our Lady, as is her wont, asked that the place be built, or rebuilt into a shrine to honor Her Divine Son and herself.