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The Miraculous Flying House of Loreto

Karin Vélez


In 1295, a house fell from the evening sky onto an Italian coastal road by the Adriatic Sea. Inside, awestruck locals encountered the Virgin Mary, who explained that this humble mud-brick structure was her original residence newly arrived from Nazareth. To keep it from the hands of Muslim invaders, angels had flown it to Loreto, stopping three times along the way. This story of the house of Loreto has been read as an allegory of how Catholicism spread peacefully around the world by dropping miraculously from the heavens. This book calls that interpretation into question by examining historical ... More

Keywords: Holy House of Loreto, Catholicism, Catholic devotion, European Jesuits, Slavic migrants, indigenous peoples, Mary's house, Christianity

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780691174006
Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: May 2019 DOI:10.23943/princeton/9780691174006.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Karin Vélez, author
Malacaster College