Šibenik, Croatia, Mar 7, 2017 / 06:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- A giant 55-foot statue of Our Lady of Loreto is in the works in the coastal city of Primošten, Croatia, which will be known as one of the largest Marian sites in the world when it is completed. “This project is unique in Croatia and beyond,” stated the Municipality of Primošten, according to Total Croatia News. “It has been an object of considerable interest and acclaim, and a blessing has been given by the Holy See and Pope Francis,” they continued.
The larger-than-life statue of Our Lady of Loreto is being constructed along the coastline of Primošten, a hill-city about 20 miles south of Šibenik. Primošten is known for its vineyards and beaches, and will now also be marked as the site of one of the biggest Marian statues in the world. The citizens of Primošten are known to have a particular devotion to Our Lady of Loreto, and the townspeople hold a traditional feast in honor of Our Lady every May 9-10, with a festive procession around the boats and coastline.
On a clear day, the facing coast of Italy will be able to see the Marian monument after its completion. The construction of the statue has been in collaboration with Cammini Lauretani, which works to connect the dots among Marian shrines across Europe, in a joint effort with the European Cultural Itinerary of the European Council Initiative.
Mayor Stipe Petrina of Primošten has been meeting with leaders from Cammini Laurentani in an effort to link Marian shrines in Italy and Croatia, with the overarching goal of creating sustainable religious tourism and development. Their most recent meeting took place in Gaj hill, where the organizations were able to see the progress of the statue.
The Croatian municipality has yet to declare when the Marian site will be complete, although they did note that the statue is in the final stages of construction.