The Basilica of Don Bosco was built where the Biglione Farmstead once stood and where Don Bosco’s father worked as a farmer. There the Bosco family lived and Giovanni Bosco was born on 16th August 1815. His father Francesco died when Giovanni was not yet two years old. Mamma Margherita moved with the family, including the half-paralysed grandmother, to a shed bought by Francesco some months before he died that she set up to make it habitable.
The Basilica is actually made of two churches one on top of the other. The foundation stone was blessed on 11th June 1961 and the lower church was opened for worship in 1965. It can hold 700 people.
Hours of the Holy Masses in the Basilica
Weekly (in the Lower Church):
7:00 – 8:00 – 11:00 – 17:00 (until 02/01/2018)
7:30 – 11:00 – 17:00 (beginning to 02/01/2018)
Sunday and Festivities including Easter and Saint Stephen (in the Upper Church):
8:00 – 9:30 – 11:00 – 17:00 – 18:15
Weekly: Monday to Saturday morning and eve of precepts (Lower Church):
from 6:15 to 8:15; from 9:00 to 11:30; from 15:30 to 17:30
Saturday afternoon and and eve of precepts:
from 15:30 to 17:45