Marian sanctuaries have been, from the very beginning of Christianity, significant places for believers who wish to get to know and reveal their roots and follow the steps of the Apostles. They can encourage a peaceful co-existence between people and different religions.... In that sense, Marian sanctuaries provide occasions for a dialogue and peaceful confrontation, for meeting of believers, reconciled in religion.
Archbishop Agostino Marhcetto, Secretary of the Pontifical Council for Pastoral Care of Migrants and Itinerant Peoples
It is difficult for architecture to obtain symbolical status. Acceptance of a certain building results from the established relationship between architecture and the way in which the community perceives this architecture in a cultural, functional or emotional sense.