|Comune di Loreto|
Piazza della Madonna with façade of the Basilica
|Province / Metropolitan city||Ancona (AN)|
|Frazioni||Costabianca, Grotte, Stazione, Villa Berghigna, Villa Costantina, Villa Musone, Villa Papa|
|• Mayor||Paolo Niccoletti|
|• Total||17.69 km2 (6.83 sq mi)|
|Elevation||127 m (417 ft)|
|Population (28 February 2009)|
|• Density||690/km2 (1,800/sq mi)|
|Demonym(s)||Loretani or Lauretani|
|Time zone||CET (UTC+1)|
|• Summer (DST)||CEST (UTC+2)|
|Patron saint||Birth of the Blessed Virgin Mary|
|Saint day||December 10|
Loreto is located 127 metres (417 feet) above sea level on the right bank of the Musone river and 22 kilometres (14 miles) by rail south-southeast of Ancona; like many places in the Marche, it provides good views from the Apennines to the Adriatic.
The city's main monuments occupy the four sides of the piazza: the college of the Jesuits; the Palazzo Comunale (formerly the Palazzo Apostolico), designed by Bramante, that houses an art gallery with works of Lorenzo Lotto, Vouet and Annibale Carracci as well as a collection of maiolica, and the Shrine of the Holy House (Santuario della Santa Casa). It also boasts a massive line of walls, designed by the architect ( and military engineer ) Antonio da Sangallo the Younger, which were erected from 1518 and reinforced in the 17th century.
Twin towns – sister cities
- Mariazell, Austria
- Fátima, Portugal
- Altötting, Germany
- Częstochowa, Poland
- Lourdes, France
- Nazareth, Israel
- Harissa, Lebanon
- Shrine of the Holy House
- Shrines to the Virgin Mary
- Territorial prelature of Loreto
- Sisters of Loreto
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