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February 12, 2015


John W.

Lovely pictures, Richard. Actually, the church is named after the shrine of Our Lady of Loreto in Italy, said to be the house in Nazareth where the Virgin Mary lived. Tradition has it that the house was miraculously moved to what is now Fiume in Italy in the 13th century, and thence to the village of Loreto. (The angels apparently got the location wrong the first time and moved it again within the village.) The girls who received their lovers in the neighborhood of the church were called "des lorettes." (Older women were called "des lionnes," lionesses.)

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