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Soccorso Chapel

The Church of Santa Maria del Soccorso in 1350 was part of an Augustinian monastery. Additions were made in 1791, 1854, and, following an earthquake in 1883, the structure was rebuilt. A wood crucifix found in the sea after a storm in the 16th Century is displayed above a side altar.

I come here frequently to sit on the front bench and either meditate or write. Occasionally I’ll take photos to add to the large number of images I’ve already made of this intriguing Moorish-style edifice.

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Who is the red-headed personage standing on the crescent-shaped object with the serpent wrapped around it? I'm not well versed in Catholic iconography, but it looks as though there's definitely a story there. There also looks to be a ghostly eye on the far left and something like a veiled skull on the far right in that painting, but maybe I'm just imagining them.

Let me explain, please...

the "red-headed personage standing on the crescent-shaped object with the serpent wrapped around it" is Maria Immaculate: "And a great sign was seen in heaven: a woman arrayed with the sun, and the moon under her feet, and upon her head a crown of twelve stars" (Riv. 12,1). The serpent represents Genesis 3,15: "And I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and hers; she will crush your head, and you will strike her heel." But the moon, in the ancient christianity, represents the turkish flag and this picture-mode (personage standing on the crescent-shaped object) remembers the Lepanto's victory, october 7 1571, the Lega Santa against turkish ships, just like tells Duns Scoto.

Excuse me John if I authorize myself to answer, but you know, I'm theologian and this is my subject, thanx.

Re: Let me explain, please...

Actually, I was going to ask you to respond since all I have on hand are tourist guide books!

Re: Let me explain, please...

Thanks for the explanation. I thought it might be Mary, but wasn't sure. I vaguely recalled the imagery in the passage from Genesis, couldn't remember where it was located. The other passage I don't remember at all. I also suspected there might be a reference to some historic event, as well, but had no idea which event.

You have a phenomenal eye -- I really love your photo work.

I'm glad you like it, thanks.

It's a beautiful Chapel in a beautiful place, with beautiful artwork and symbols and lighting all around it.

Hope your Sunday is going well!

I can't complain. And that's what bothers me.

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That's what I felt when I first saw it, and what I love most about living here is that I can go sit in that chapel any time I want...

Thank you for these, such beauty this morning.

Beauty is to celebrate, to live!

simply wonderful! thanks for posting these.

Thanks, glad you like them.

Such a beautiful place. Your photos always make me want to jump on a plane immediately and head for your island.

the one thing that surprised me so about italy isi just how beautiful the sea is. the waters surrounding Cinque Terre were the most beautiful i've seen (well, Capri also). you are so lucky to live there, i dream and dream and dream about going back sometime and staying permanently.

Hi, my friend. I'd like to give you some notices you'll not find in the books and answering your curiosity about your posted images.

Here is the link to my live-journal's entry about the statue of Santa Maria del Soccorso, with an approximate english translation. Bye.

Well, the peaceful, serene views, scenery and locale would certainly lend themselves to meditation. I always enjoy seeing your photos and hearing about your life on the other side of the planet.

Happy new year to you, John!

Many thanks for your New Year's greetings, and I wish the same for you!

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