Sanctuary of the Madonna di Tindari

Sanctuary of the Madonna di Tindari

Sanctuary of the Madonna di Tindari

Sanctuary of the Madonna di Tindari
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Legend has it that the Black Madonna statue fished out of the sea has healing powers; a visit to this picturesque church just may prove it to you.
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Sally62
Northampton, UK4,576 contributions
Fabulous - do visit!
Sep. 2019
You can see the basilica on the top of the hill from miles around and it's well worth stopping off for a visit. You can't drive up into the town so you have to park in a large car park at the bottom of the hill and take a bus up to the top. Make sure you check the current opening times for the basilica and allow time to queue for a ticket and catch the bus although these do come frequently.
According to tradition, in C9th fishermen discovered a crate with the statue of the black Madonna inside. They put her in the abandoned ruins of the temple of Ceres and a sanctuary was built in C11th by the Benedictines. The shrine became and important place of pilgrimage and was unable to cope with the number of visitors so was rebuilt in 1970s. The Madonna is made of cedar of Lebanon and is Byzantine - it is on display under the dome and is quite beautiful.
The church has a beautiful fresco on the ceiling and lots of artwork that stands out against the dark stone. Also make sure you walk behind the altar where you can see the history of the statue in mosaics which are stunning.
Definitely worth a visit.
Written 30 August 2020
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Finata
Amsterdam, The Netherlands46 contributions
Beautiful church!
Jan. 2020 • Couples
Beautiful church. Make sure you walk also behind the Black Madonna to see the history of the statue in mosaics.
Written 16 January 2020
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Lukie D
Milazzo, Italy3 contributions
Absolutely Stunning
Nov. 2018
This is just amazing
we stayed in Camping Marinella and could not get enough of this magnificent views and to kill our curiosity we ended up going all the way up there to visit and it was worth ever breath it took us.
The coffee shop at the end of the road was cosy and had the best coffee and grappa. The generosity of Sicilians is famous but I must say it over exceeded our expectation in Every way.
Written 8 October 2019
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Enric
10 contributions
Stay in OLIVERI and do the hiking
Aug. 2019
Please, stay in Oliveri and do the " code della Volpe" is a beautifull itinerary that brings you from the beach to the mountain. the view is stunning and the church is beautifull
Written 5 October 2019
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Michele Amico🇮🇹🇮🇹🇮🇹🇮🇹
Caltanissetta, Italy2,851 contributions
Tindari🇮🇹
Oct. 2019 • Friends
In the northeast side of Sicily Island, in the zone of Patti, there is the beautiful 'Santuario della Madonna di Tindari', a great view.
Written 5 October 2019
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Jon D
Cremorne, Australia197 contributions
It's a long and windey road but worth it when you get to the top!
Jul. 2019
The carpark is down below so I suggest the driver takes the passangers up and then goes back down to save everyone the climb. When you get there you'll realise why pilgrims walk all the way up from sealevel!
Written 30 September 2019
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tabi_travels
Southold, NY278 contributions
Interesting but not a "wow"
May 2019 • Couples
Pretty drive to the church and interior is interesting but I'm not sure that it's worth the extra trip unless it's convenient or your truly interested in the history of this particular Madonna.
Written 10 June 2019
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Michele Amico🇮🇹🇮🇹🇮🇹🇮🇹
Caltanissetta, Italy2,851 contributions
Tindari: Santuario
May 2019 • Friends
Hello my Friends, I come back in my wonderful Sicily, with my Friends pedalling from Patti to Tindari Sanctuary. Then a great Granita.
Written 25 May 2019
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Michiel P
Catania, Italy148 contributions
Bellisimo
Apr. 2019 • Couples
A absolute must do when in the neighbourhood. Makes you feel humble to see what our ancient forefathers achieved. Hard to imagine how all this work has been done just by hand.
Written 25 April 2019
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Judith F
Yeovil, UK82 contributions
Church on the hill
Apr. 2019
Lovely church nice ceiling. Stunning views from square in front looking out to the sea. Took the bus up from the car park which cost 1 Euro, walked down.
Written 22 April 2019
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