It stands on the site of an original church where, in 1242, the devotional image of the Madonna and the Child was stabbed by Massazio and blood flowed immediately from that image. It still houses the dagger of Massazio, the miraculous image became a destination for pilgrimages. To honor this miraculous image, still preserved, in 1480 the new church was built. The assignment was entrusted to Bramante who made a small masterpiece.
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