Completion date of Our Lady of Loreto not yet announced
ŠIBENIK, Croatia (CNA)
Photo: Construction at the future site of a 55-foot Marian statue in Primošten, Croatia. (Municipality of Primošten, photo courtesy of Total Croatia News.)
A giant 55-foot statue of Our Lady of Loreto is in the works in the coastal city of Primošten, Croatia, a city known for its vineyards and beaches, but will soon be recognized as site of one of the biggest Marian statues in the world.
“This project is unique in Croatia and beyond,” the municipality of Primošten said in a statement, according to Total Croatia News.
“It has been an object of considerable interest and acclaim, and a blessing has been given by the Holy See and Pope Francis.”
The larger-than-life statue of Our Lady of Loreto is being constructed along the coastline of Primošten, a hill-city about 20 miles south of Šibenik.
The citizens of Primošten are known to have a particular devotion to Our Lady of Loreto, and the townspeople hold a traditional feast in her honour every May 9-10, with a festive procession around the boats and coastline.
On a clear day, the facing coast of Italy will be able to see the Marian monument after its completion.
The construction of the statue has been in collaboration with Cammini Lauretani, an Italian project working to connect Marian shrines across Europe in a joint effort with the European Cultural Itinerary of the European Council Initiative.
Mayor Stipe Petrina of Primošten has been meeting with leaders from Cammini Lauretani in an effort to link Marian shrines in Italy and Croatia, with the overarching goal of creating sustainable religious tourism and development.
Their most recent meeting took place in Gaj hill, where the organizations were able to see the progress of the statue.
The Croatian municipality has yet to declare when the Marian site will be complete, although they did note that the statue is in the final stages of construction.