Sanctuary of St Maria of Weapons, Cerchiara di Calabria

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  • After leaving the beautiful Ionian Sea, I relayed in the hinterland of the Pollino National Park, up high on the mountain, where I found this wonderful and unique sanctuary of Madonna delle Armi, overlooking the plain of Sibari.
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  • The visit to the shrine of our Lady of arms provides an opportunity to take a dip in the history and religiosity that only places so extreme and far from mundane life can offer. Very nice and well protected, the site does go over even bits of history of Italy. The religiosity of the site is further accompanied by the possibility to have a breathtaking panoramic view from the top of the shrine across the plain of Sibari. A show!!!
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  • The sanctuary of Santa Maria of arms is one of the most beautiful and famous monuments of medieval origin. Popular tradition dates back to 1450 the discovery in the forests of Mt. Sellaro the stone with an image of the Madonna and child, Kieran (not painted by human hands). Since that time the Church was built and in a chapel inside the Church is kept the image. However, the new church was built near the ruins of the monastery of Saint Andrew on a site dedicated for worship in ancient times. In fact, the Calabrian mountains have welcomed throughout the middle ages many monks of Greek-Byzantine rite escaping iconoclastic persecution first and then by the advance of the Arabs who have pushed earlier by Syrian and Egyptian area and then from Sicily. All inland areas of Calabria full of slopes and caves were particularly suited to a solitary life founded on work and on prayer. And in a cave of Mt. Sellaro in the of Cerchiara di Calabria, gathered the hermits who formed the Tòn "ascentario Armòn" (Greek for "cave") and established the cult of the Madonna Tòn Armòn, afterwards for assonance translated into Madonna delle Armi. The majestic complex placed in the mountain rock really leaves you speechless for its magnificence and the lovely scenery in which it is embedded. It can be reached along a paved road that crosses the wooded side of the mountain, rising to an altitude above 1000 meters. At the entrance, after crossing the Duke's Palace, the Hospice for pilgrims and the buildings in the past used for hospitality of orphans and staff, it flows into a small portico with four Romanesque arches, splendid panoramic balcony on the plain of Sibari. Crossing a rich local white stone portal, accessed inside the Church, carved for a few metres into the rock; in the Byzantine style, with a Latin cross plant irregular, it preserves remarkable works of the seventeenth century and frescoes of 700 of the Neapolitan school. On the right side of the main altar, we discover the famous cave which houses a miraculous image of the Madonna Aman (not painted by human hand), kept by 1750 in a silver reliquary in Baroque style.
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  • Place not to be missed. Beautiful landscape, not to be missed.
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  • Not to be missed, both for the building constructed in the rock jutting out as if it were suspended on vacuum, both for internal Church which is an authentic artistic gem, both for its natural surroundings characterized by scents and colors in profusion, as the gorse.
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  • Place of meditation. Interesting stone with madonna and child.
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  • Definitely worth visiting if you come in Calabria!
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