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"MADONNA DELLA LETTERA" Top 5 Page for this destination Messina Off The Beaten Path Tip by balhannah

Messina Off The Beaten Path: 15 reviews and 17 photos

by balhannah
  • Madonna Della Lettera - Messina
      Madonna Della Lettera
    by balhannah

We passed by the 20 foot high, Golden Madonna Della Lettera as our ship came into the Harbour. She is known as the protector of the Harbour and stands on top of one of the tall tower's in the Fort.

I could see a large inscription: "Vos et ipsam civitatem benedicimus" which translated means... ("We bless you and your city").The harbor statue was unveiled on August 2, 1934 and fitted with a special device, allowing it to be illuminated from the Vatican in Rome.

It is believed the Madonna's intervention saved Messina during the earthquakes that shook most of Sicily in 1693. On January 9 of that year, when the first tremors began, the Virgin Mary appeared to a sick girl named Paola and said, "Fear not."
The Madonna returned during the night and asked to save the City. Messina suffered damage and flooding but was was spared the brunt of the disaster.

I could see a road leading to where the Madonna is located, and there is also a Naval base there.


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  • Written Oct 18, 2011
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