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On Sunday, King Felipe VI, Queen Letizia, Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy and other officials attended a solemn Mass at Barcelona’s Sagrada Familia basilica for the victims of the attacks.
Steep hills flank two sides of the city, and the basilica of Notre-Dame to the west overlooks the Saône.
Ecclesiastical music floated from shops along Via San Francesco, which leads pilgrims to the basilica.
The basilica proudly tells the story of how a Catholic nun, Sister Gabriel, built the grotto from natural rocks picked from across the island.
Mount Titano and the historic city center are UNESCO heritage sites, for being a free republic since the 13th century and boasting incredibly historic architecture, from 14th-century convents to a 19th-century neoclassical basilica.
In a medieval town in the south of France, a crypt tucked beneath a basilica houses one of the world’s most famous sets of human remains, a skull and bones rumored to belong to Jesus’ companion Mary Magdalene.
This past Sunday, however, devotees gathered at the basilica to pray for the relic’s safe return.
But in 1087, so the story goes, traders from the Italian city of Bari stole the saint’s bones and transported them to their hometown, where a basilica was built to house them.
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From their noun basileus, meaning “king,” the Greeks derived the adjective basilikos meaning “royal.” In ancient Thera there was a public building called “Basilike stoa,” or Royal portico, and it may have been the prototype of later Roman basilicas. The first of these was built in 184 ce, and by the time of Augustus, there were five basilicas in the vicinity of the forum. They were used for public assembly, transacting business, and judicial proceedings. When the first Christian churches were built, they were often modeled after the civil basilicas.
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