The origins. The Madonna di Pietralba’s shrine sits at a 1520 mts altitude and was built in 1553 when the Virgin appeared to Leonardo Weißensteiner to free him from his sickness; she asked him, as a way to pay off his debt, to build a chapel where believers could go and invoke her. The originary chapel immediately was flooded with pilgrims, so much it soon became clear that a real church was to be built.
Art history. The current basilica (baroque style) was completed in 1654. She includes the much-worshipped statue of the Madonna Addolorata (Lady of Sorrows), keeping on her knees her dying son , the originary chapel built by Leonardo, the major altar covered with gold and Silver leaves, the beautiful vault frescoes, the work of Adam Mölk, the Pußjäger’s lateral altars and other works from A. Silber and F. Haider. Church is accessed via a corridor where hundreds of votive offerings are kept."