Italian Church Built 2,500 Feet Up the Side of a Mountain Almost Looks Like Its Suspended in Mid-Air

The Santuario Madonna della Corona (or Sanctuary of the Lady of the Crown), which is built into the side of Mount Baldo

Just heavenly.

This amazing Italian church sits 2,539ft (774 metres) above sea level and is built into the side of a cliff.

And as these pictures show, it almost looks like it is suspended in mid-air – the Avatar of chapels.

Called the Santuario Madonna della Corona (or Sanctuary of the Lady of the Crown), it is built on a thin shelf of rock on Mount Baldo above the valley of the River Adige, close to Lake Garda.

It is a popular place for pilgrims who are drawn in by its stunning views, sculptures and replica of the Scala Santa – the stairs that Jesus is said to have walked up in Pilate’s palace before his crucifixion.

The history of Santuario Madonna della Corona dates back over 1,000 years, the site originally being a hermitage where monks linked to the Abbey of St Zeno in Verona would travel to for silent contemplation.

According to the church’s website, by the second half of the 13th century, there was a monastery on the site with a chapel dedicated to St Mary of Montebaldo.

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SOURCE: Daily Mail, Jennifer Newton