Thursday, September 6, 2012

The places of worship in Campania (Italy)

Image by watchful mind
There are many places of worship in Campania Region, in Souther Italy, which every year sees devotees ask for prayers, give thanks and praise with prayers and pilgrimages.

The people from Campania keep a faith and a deep and ancient religious belief and the shrines are therefore the protagonists of great devotion.

Taking advantage of an apartment in Sorrento, you can easily reach Pompeii and visit the Santuario Beata Maria Vergine del Rosario, which is located in Piazza Bartolo Longo in the city centre. This imposing religious building has a latin plan with three naves and four chapels; on 8 May, every year the Lady of Pompeii is celebrated. Pilgrims flock from all over Italy for the recitation of the Petition, while the picture of the Virgin is carried in procession every twenty-five years.

Cathedral of Naples with the Royal Chapel of the Treasure of San Gennaro
Inside the Cathedral of Naples, the relics and the blood of San Gennaro, the worship of all Neapolitans are kept. According to tradition, the blood of San Gennaro was dissolved for the first time in the time of Constantine, when the bishop Severus moved the remains of the saint from Agro Marciano, where he was buried, to Naples. He met Nurse Eusebia along the way with cruets of blood of the saint: with the presence of the head, the blood in the vials would have melted.

The cathedral is one of the jewels of Naples, full of marbles, paintings, frescoes and other works of art while the Museum of the Treasure of San Gennaro in Naples is a museum that displays collections of art including jewellery, statues, busts, fine fabrics and paintings of great value. Among the more interesting items is a mitre, the bishop's hat dated 1713 by the goldsmith Matthew Treglia, in which numerous precious stones, diamonds, rubies and emeralds and silver are embedded.
The museum tour includes a visit to the three sacristy of the Chapel of the Treasury, recently undergone restoration and containing valuable paintings by Luca Giordano, Massimo Stanzione, James Farelli and Aniello Falcone.

Sanctuary of St. Mary Montevergine - Mercogliano in Avellino
It is a shrine, visited by many pilgrims throughout the year, in Romanesque style with three aisles. Down the nave, under the lantern, the Presbytery opens wide, flanked above by the new majestic organ. Leaning against the wall, stands the Throne where the image of the Holy Virgin was shifted.

Basilica of St. Antonino in Sorrento
The most visited part of the Basilica, where the devotees of the patron saint Antonino are concentrated is the crypt, commonly called the Succorpo and occupying the whole eastern part of the sacred building. At the centre of the crypt stands the altar, on which there is a statue of the saint on whose shoulders is the perennial oil lamp with silver foil that visitors touch reciting the prayer there brought in memory of the famous miracle of St. Antonino, Bishop of Sorrento. It is told that at the time of St. Anthony, Bishop of Sorrento, riding a mule, at the city gate was thrown off and falling, fractured a leg. He was visited by the Saint Antonino Abate, who assured him of an invocation to the Virgin Mary. In fact, during the night, the bishop dreamed that the saint, taking oil from a phial that had the Blessed Virgin in his hand, anointed his broken leg and in the morning the prelate found himself cured. Hence the devotion to anoint the hands behind the altar of the Saint and bless oneself with faith was born.

Chapel Sansevero with Veiled Christ or Church of Santa Maria della Pietà
It is the most important religious buildings in Naples.  Located near the Piazza San Domenico Maggiore, among countless other works of value, the Veiled Christ, the most famous sculpture in this Chapel by Giuseppe Sanmartino certainly dominates. The sculptor exalted the folds of the veil that covers the body of Christ to accentuate the drama. This is a very revered Christ for Neapolitans, lying on a mattress, his head resting on two pillows, whose body is covered with a thin veil that adheres perfectly to the shape of the face and the body itself so that you can see the wounds of martyrdom; on his side the instruments of torture are exposed: the crown of thorns, a pincer and some nails, one of which "pinches" the fabric with extraordinary plasticity. To better visit the shrines, take advantage of offers of hotels in Sorrento, you will take part in one of the major traditions of this land.

Guest Post by Teressa.


Jesolo hotels said...

Great recommendations. Must see places, totally agree!

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