Santuario della Madonna dell'Aiuto
Deep in the wood, the Sanctuary stays in the shade of a centuries-old lime tree
At Segonzano there is a sanctuary dedicated to Maria Ausilitrice, better known as the “Madonna dell’Aiuto” (Our Lady Help of Christians). The building, as it appears today, is the result of recent extensions carried out in 1961. Inside, there is the “miraculous” painting of the Madonna dell’Aiuto, which is a copy of the Mariahilf by Lucas Cranach conserved at Innsbruck. It was commissioned and brought to Segonzano in 1682-83 by Baron Francesco Ferdinando of Prato.
The painting was immediately placed in a chapel near Segonzano, which soon became the destination of pilgrimages by many devoted people. In 1820 the building was turned into a sanctuary.