• Stained glass at Tindari, Sicily

    Image ID
    FOT674186
    Rights
    RM Rights Managed
    Image Details
    Image File Attributes
    4.4 MB
    JPEG
    Image Dimensions
    3240 x 4320 px
    Image Print Size (at 300 ppi)
    274 x 366 mm
    10.8 x 14.4 in
    Visual Size @300ppi
    Keywords
    Tindari church of the black Madonna black Madonna Sicily Nigel Cummings pope stained glass papal visit sanctuary of the black Madonna
    Description
    Driving along the Palermo-Messina motorway between Capo d'Orlando and Milazzo you will undoubtedly notice what seems to be a large church perched on a rock high above the sea. This is the Sanctuary of the Black Madonna of Tindari, a place of pilgrimage but also the site of an ancient Greek town. Hidden away on the north-western side of the rock are the fascinating Graeco-Roman remains of ancient Tindaris. The town was founded in 396 BC by the Tyrant of Siracusa, Dionysius I, and soon became one of the most important Greek centres in Sicily. In 254 BC it changed hands and became a Roman outpost for several centuries. With the arrival of Christianity and the Black Madonna, Tindari assumed a certain religious renown and an abbey was built. However, despite the presence of its famous icon, Tindari was unable to foresee or prevent the series of vicissitudes that fate had in store her: in 836 the town was destroyed by the Arabs, rebuilt, burned to the ground by Frederick II of Aragon during the Sicilian Vespers for having sided with the Angevins, rebuilt once more, and finally sacked by the marauding menace of the Mediterranean, the pirate Barbarossa (Red Beard).
    Uploader
    Nigel Cummings
    Contributor
    Nigel Cummings
    Date Taken
    Unknown
    Uploaded on
    2010-06-05
    Collection
    Travels in Italy
    Category
    Travel
    Sub Category
    Holidays
    Setting
    Indoor
    Dominant colour
    #201010