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Photowalks on Ischia island

Nature, historic and cultural sites. Guide

Forio. The Church of St. Mary of the Savior (Chiesa di Santa Maria del Soccorso)

Ponte promontory of Soccorso, outstanding far out to sea is another symbol of Forio, the Church of Salvation (map).

Ischia, Forio. The Soccorso Church (Chiesa di Santa Maria del Soccorso)

history of the Church begins with the monastery of the Augustinian hermits, was founded around 1350 and lasted until 1652.

Ischia, Forio. The Soccorso Church (Chiesa di Santa Maria del Soccorso)

the Reason for the closure was the decree of innocent X on the abolition of small abbeys, consisting of several brothers, and not having enough means of livelihood. To cut costs the Vatican has forced a heavy tax burden to the crown of Aragon. Levies were devastated not only farms and workshops, but also the Church Treasury.

Ischia, Forio. The Soccorso Church (Chiesa di Santa Maria del Soccorso)

In 1740 on the site of the monastery was a small temple dedicated to Saint Mary of the Savior.

Ischia, Forio. The Soccorso Church (Chiesa di Santa Maria del Soccorso)

the Church was built in the typical fishing villages style - low rise building without architectural excesses.

Ischia, Forio. The Soccorso Church (Chiesa di Santa Maria del Soccorso)

In 1854, the Church was crowned with a large dome on a drum, similar to San Gaetano. However, the dome stood a little less than 30 years, collapsed during the earthquake of 1883. After the restoration he became much more modest.

Ischia, Forio. The Soccorso Church (Chiesa di Santa Maria del Soccorso)

On the walls of the Church you can see samples of paintings, the oldest of which date to the 16th century.

Ischia, Forio. The Soccorso Church (Chiesa di Santa Maria del Soccorso)

Crucifixion Salvation is dated 1791.

Ischia, Forio. The Soccorso Church (Chiesa di Santa Maria del Soccorso)

According to legend, the cross was found in the sea by fishermen and helped them to get to shore during stroma. The boat washed up on the promontory of Soccorso, and the sailors hid from the weather in an old monastery chapel, taking with him a miraculous godsend.

Ischia, Forio. The Soccorso Church (Chiesa di Santa Maria del Soccorso)

after the storm, fishermen took the cross and headed for the exit, but in his place appeared in front of them wall. The crucifix was returned to its original place and the door appeared again. This continued three times until the fishermen left the cross in the chapel.

Ischia, Forio. The Soccorso Church (Chiesa di Santa Maria del Soccorso)

Later there was built a Church for the salvation of all sailors, what look like model fishing boats and sailing ships on the eaves.

Ischia, Forio. The Soccorso Church (Chiesa di Santa Maria del Soccorso) Ischia, Forio. The Soccorso Church (Chiesa di Santa Maria del Soccorso)

On the walls of the Church you can see samples of paintings, the oldest of which date to the 16th century.

Ischia, Forio. The Soccorso Church (Chiesa di Santa Maria del Soccorso)

To the portal of the temple is a large staircase,

Ischia, Forio. The Soccorso Church (Chiesa di Santa Maria del Soccorso)

karmic decorated with murals with images of saints

Ischia, Forio. The Soccorso Church (Chiesa di Santa Maria del Soccorso)

and scenes of the Passion of Christ, interspersed with floral ornaments.

Ischia, Forio. The Soccorso Church (Chiesa di Santa Maria del Soccorso)

On the right parapet of the platform in front of the entrance to five crosses, marking the monastic burial, during the existence of the monastery on this place was a little cemetery.

Ischia, Forio. The Soccorso Church (Chiesa di Santa Maria del Soccorso)

the square in front the temple, originally bore the name of Soccorso, in 2002, was named in honor of Pope John Paul II, speaking here on may 5 of that year at the world youth day.

Ischia, Forio. The Soccorso Church (Chiesa di Santa Maria del Soccorso)

the Right of the Church a cross of black stone, its pedestal adorned with ceramic panels.

Ischia, Forio. The Soccorso Church (Chiesa di Santa Maria del Soccorso)

the Temple is surrounded on three sides by a wide terrace-Belvedere overlooking the sea. In good weather from the deck you can see the silhouette of the island of Ventotene, and the sunset here can witness an amazing natural phenomenon - "green beam".

Ischia, Forio. The Soccorso Church (Chiesa di Santa Maria del Soccorso)

sorry, the lookout was closed for renovation. and getting there was impossible.

Ischia, Forio. The Soccorso Church (Chiesa di Santa Maria del Soccorso)

info iconthe Church is open daily from 8 to 12 and from 16 to 20.

Ischia, Forio. The Soccorso Church (Chiesa di Santa Maria del Soccorso)