City of Loreto

With the unmistakable silhouette of its Sanctuary and the majesty of the Apostolic Palace, Loreto immediately stands out for its beauty. The history of the Sanctuary has interlaced with the history of the city for centuries, since 1294 when tradition has it that Mary's house in Nazareth was moved there. Among the various artworks preserved at the Museo Pontificio Santa Casa in Loreto there are seven paintings by Lorenzo Lotto that used to adorn the old Cappella del Coro, some of which painted by the artist in the last years of his life, spent at the Sanctuary as an oblate in the Santa Casa: Christ and the Adulteress, Saint Michael casting out Lucifer, The Adoration of the Child, The Sacrifice of Melchizedek, The Baptism of Christ, The Adoration of the Magi and The Presentation of Christ in the Temple. Another great picture, a Saint Christopher and the Child with Saints Roch and Sebastian can be admired in the Basilica della Santa Casa.