August 25


Nuestra Señora del Rosario, Paysandú, Uruguay 

On August 25, 1860, the cornerstone was laid of a new building to replace the little thatched parish church of St. Benedict the Moor in Paysandú, a growing settlement in western Uruguay on the Argentine border. In 1864, when almost completed, the new church was destroyed by Brazilian cannon fire during a regional conflict. Rebuilt in the 1870s, the neoclassical building was dedicated to Our Lady of the Rosary along with St. Benedict the Moor. In 1882, fire destroyed the main altar and the statue of the Virgin of the Rosary. The present statue was blessed on May 25, 1886. In 1898, Italian artist Antonio Buscaglia decorated the interior with paintings in fresco and tempera. Their magnificence contributed to Pope Pius XII's 1949 designation of the church as a Basilica Minor. Somewhat deteriorated after over a century, the historic Basilica underwent restoration in 2012.   

Sources include:

bullet"Avanza restauración de la Basílica," El Telégrafo, Jan. 16, 2012,
bulletSergio Coiro, 
bulletCarol Guilleminot, "La Basílica, monumento histórico y edificio emblemático de Paysandú, sufre grave deterioro," Rotafolio Hiperlocal, 
bullet"Basílica Nuestra Señora del Rosario y San Benito por Google Earth - Paysandú," SkyscraperCity, (picture)

Also commemorated this date:

bulletNotre-Dame de Lourdes, Saint-Loup, Jura, Franche-Comté, France. Grotto inaugurated, 1935.
bulletNotre Dame de la Guèrison, Courmayeur, Aosta, Valle d'Aosta, Italy (Our Lady of the Healing). Present church consecrated, 1868.
bulletSanta Maria del Cengio, Isola Vicentino, Vicenza, Veneto, Italy. Festa. Also July 2.
bulletMaria Santissima della Misericordia, Macerata, Macerata, Marche, Italy. Early 1500s painting crowned, 1721. Festa 1st Sun. Sept.
bulletMadonna Paolina, Leonessa, Rieti, Latium, Italy, San Giovenale district
bulletSanta Maria di Costantinopoli, Ischia, Napoli, Campania, Italy (St. Mary of Constantinople). Statue crowned, 1794.
bulletMatka Boża Mrzygłodzka, Mrzygłód, Sanok, Subcarpathia, Poland. Icon crowned, 1996.
bulletVirgen del Monte Santo, Villarluengo, Teruel, Aragón, Spain (Virgin of the Holy Mount)

Where We Walked ~~~ Mary Ann Daly