The enchanting pilgrimage church Santuario di Tindari is a well-known sanctuary in Sicily. The church houses a sculpture of the Black Madonna.
The Santuario di Tindari is an impressive pilgrimage church perched high on the cliffs above the Tyrrhenian coast. This religious gem is not only a place of worship but also offers a spectacular panoramic view of the azure Mediterranean and the nature reserve Laghetti di Marinello.
The history of the “Basilica Santuario di Maria Santissima del Tindari” is shrouded in legends. The church was built in the 8th century and is dedicated to the Virgin Mary. It is said that the statue of the Black Madonna, located inside the church, possesses miraculous powers. The legend tells that the statue, undoubtedly of Byzantine origin, was among the numerous art objects smuggled from Constantinople during the iconoclasm initiated by Emperor Leo III in the 8th and 9th centuries. A storm forced the ship carrying the Black Madonna made of cedar wood to dock at the port of Tindari, where the crew safely stored their cargo in the local abbey. Today, it is behind the altar with the inscription “nigro sum sed formosa” (I am black, but beautiful).
The architecture of the Santuario di Tindari is fascinating. The church combines Norman, Arab, and Byzantine influences, resulting in a unique and impressive structure. Visitors can admire the intricate mosaics and experience the spiritual atmosphere of this special place.
After your visit to the Santuario di Tindari, you can explore the surrounding region. Stroll through the charming alleys of the nearby fishing village Oliveri and savor local delicacies in traditional trattorias.
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