OF THE MADONNA OF THE MOUNTAIN OF POLSI
- S. LUCA - (RC)
Church and the second Statue]
crowning of the madonna - Special anniveraries and celebration
the Aspromonte mountains we have a sanctuary which, although its name
is Polsi, is commonly known as the Sanctuary of the Madonna of the
Mountains. It is a Basilian convent, dating back to 1100 - one of
the few which have survived in Calabria.
The statue of the Madonna was carved in tufa by a sicilian artist
in the XVIth century and is coloured, with staring black and white
eyes which follow the viewer.
".... the pilgrimages start in the summer, after the bay-making and
grape harvest, which are early in our parts; many arrive, and then
there is the pilgrimage which takes place in early September.....
"....and you can see faces from all over Calabria. The church is wide
open, the people press forward, little by little; when they get to
the altar, the dumb want to speak, the blind to see, the ill to be
from "Calabria" by Corrado