Santa Maria in Vado, Ferrara

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Santa Maria in Vado
Santa Maria in Vado, Ferrara 1.jpg
AffiliationRoman Catholic
LocationFerrara, Italy
Geographic coordinates44°49′49″N 11°37′40″E / 44.83028°N 11.62778°E / 44.83028; 11.62778Coordinates: 44°49′49″N 11°37′40″E / 44.83028°N 11.62778°E / 44.83028; 11.62778

Santa Maria in Vado is a church located on Via Borgovado number 3 in Ferrara, Region of Emilia-Romagna, Italy.


The church derives its name from a guado or fording (vado in dialect) that was located nearby. A church at the site was documented since the tenth century, but on Easter of 1171, a eucharistic miracle occurred when blood spouted from the host during consecration.[1] This made the church an object of pilgrimage. This miracle that appears to confirm transubstantiation resembles the subsequent events depicted in The Mass at Bolsena by Raphael.

Reconstruction was started in 1495 under the patronage of Ercole de' Roberti under the designs of Biagio Rossetti. The church contains paintings by Carlo Bononi, Camillo Filippi, Prospero Fontana, Giuseppe Antonio Ghedini, and Domenico Mona.[2]



  1. ^ Memorie istoriche delle chiese di Ferrara e de' suoi borghi by Giuseppe Antenore Scalabrini, page 314-316.
  2. ^ Il servitore di piazza, guida per Ferrara, By F Avventi (conte.), page 127-137.

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