St Margaret's church Westminster; grounds of Westminster abbey; London; sightseeing; place of interest; London history; stained glass; St Margaret's church Westminster stained glass; stained glass window; dusk sunlight on stained glass; Margaret of Antioch; parish church House of Commons; sunlight on stained glass; architecture; design; religion; church; Anglican church;
Dartmoor; Devon; Britain; National Park; Stained glass; St Michael; Church of St Michael De Rupe; Brentor; church; IPSV0772 churches (heritage); IPSV0770 churches (places of worship) IPSV2294 Parks (National); IPSV0450 Countryside; IPSV0499 Environment; IPSV1296 National Parks
Tindari; church of the black Madonna; black Madonna; Sicily; Nigel Cummings; pope; stained glass; papal visit; sanctuary of the black Madonna; stained glass
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).
Stained glass window; stained; glass; window; Nativity; scene; birth; three wise men; king; baby Jesus; Jesus; Mary; religious; Noel; Christmas; artistry; detail; Steyning Parish Church; Church of St Andrew and St Cuthman
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Wales, Clyro, South East Wales, St. Mary's Church, Brass Candlestick, Stained Glass Window, Church Interior, Church Architecture, Differential Focus, Welsh Church, Christianity, Religion, Religious, Francis Kilvert, Kilvert's Diary, Victorian Curate,