The history of the Sanctuary of the Sacred Mount of Crea begins with that of the convent and the church of Santa Maria, a place of devotional pilgrimage since the Middle Ages.
Tradition says that, as for the Sanctuary of Oropa, it was Sant’Eusebio, bishop of Vercelli, to climb the hill towards 350 C.E. There he would bring the wooden statue of the Madonna with the Child, still venerated today, and there he would build a first oratory.
In reality the statue of the Madonna is from the XIII century and little is known about its origin. But Eusebio spread Christianity and Marian devotion among the populations of Monferrato. In fact, the valleys of Piemonte were still completely pagan at that time.
Eusebius’s commitment to eliminate paganism was great, especially in the centers of ancient worship such as Oropa and Crea. He succeed to replace the cult of Celtic female deities with the cult of the Mother of God, Mary.
The guided visit is included into “The hills of Monferrato, a journey to discover the places of Faith“.