Dietterlin’s representation of the transfer of the Holy House, 1647 (Grimaldi, 1993)

Cartographic Presentation of the Transfer of the Holy House from Nazareth to Loreto

Igor Šipić, Josip Faričić


The paper discusses the legendary transfer of the Holy House from Nazareth (Palestine), via Croatian coast to the town of Loreto in Italy. According to legend, the transfer took place at the end of the 13th century, and it was depicted on several maps, including the cartographic representation from Loreto called Descriptio translationis Sanctæ Domus Beatissimæ Virginis e Nazareth in Dalmatiam et inde Lavretv[m] which was probably made at the end of the 16th century. Regardless of the authenticity of the relic, the fact that the content of the legendary transfer was depicted cartographically on one of the most valuable works of art of the Loreto Marian shrine witnesses the need for spatial identification of imaginary geography, but it also indicates the importance and influence of cartography of that time, because maps were important sources of spatial data and means of geographic expression.


Holy House of Nazareth; Adriatic; Loreto; Trsat; Zadar; cartography

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