Our Lady Of Mantua
Year : 1640
The solemn crowning of Our Lady commonly called Santa Maria dei Voti was urged by the pious princess Maria Gonzaga in the year 1640, when the dam of the Po River in Italy broke.
At the time the princess determined to place herself, her son Charles II and the states of Mantua and of Monferrate under the special protection of Mary. The coronation took place with great solemnity on November 28, 1640. Every year on that day a great celebration is held in honor of the Blessed Virgin.
The three following centenary years in particular saw an unanimous and grateful expression of love on the part of the Madonna who said, “Mantua is mine, and as mine I will always defend it.”