Tourist Attraction in City of San Marino: Santuario della Beata Vergine della Consolazione
The sanctuary of Our Lady of Consolation, also known as the sanctuary of the Blessed Virgin of Consolation, is a sanctuary located in Borgo Maggiore, which is owned by the homonymous fraternity. Today it also performs parish church functions together with that of the saints Antimo e Marino, in fact officiated and administered by the parish priest of Borgo Maggiore. The place of worship was built on the design of the Italian architect Giovanni Michelucci from February 1964; His consecration was held on June 11, 1967. Initially, the project was entrusted to a local engineer Gino Zani who drafted a project related to the local architectural tradition. Michelucci had been asked by the San Marino government for advice on the transformation of a rest home. Following the previous commission, the architect was commissioned to draw the Shrine of the Blessed Virgin of Consolation in place of Zani. The project was presented to the assembly of the Congregation already in 1961. The complex has an irregular trapezoidal plant with a series of internal pathways that develop around the main hall, the latter being about four meters below the road surface. The entry takes place via a nursery, from which two paths pass: one leads directly to the floor of the matroneo, while the other, through a covered staircase, continues along the churchyard leading to the lower hall. The roof of the building, initially lead, today in copper, is made up of two planks resting on parabolic arches. According to critics, these spaces reflect some of the dearest themes of Michelucci, which have already appeared, for example, in the famous church of the Autostrada del Sole. First of all, the church is not an isolated building but is integrated into a wider environment open to the surrounding area. In addition, the sanctuary is thought to be a place for the community and social relations, which is in fact a kind of small town in which the inner and outer dialogue is to be encouraged. The continuous water infiltration from the roof, a problem that had already occurred in the first years after construction, and which forced repeated operations ten years, have matured the decision of a complete replacement of the copper covering covering, which can not be recovered reusable for modern laying techniques. The work of Don Gianni Monaldi was carried out and completed between 2012 and the spring of 2013 under the direction of the pastor Don Marco Guidi succeeded him. The technical team formed by the arch. Renzo Broccoli, from geom. Gian Domenico Taddei, from Geom. Giordano Santinato (Technical Continuous Engineering Technician) has taken advantage of the advice of Gian Italo Ghiotti, a young builder at the time of construction, a depositary of the paperwork archive inherited by the cape master and executioner of the building.