THE SANCTUARY
OF THE MADONNA OF THE MOUNTAIN OF POLSI
- S. LUCA - (RC)
[Introduction] [The Church and the second Statue]
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The crowning of the madonna - Special anniveraries and celebration ]


Polsi....In 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.
Madonna of the high altar
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 cured....
from "Calabria" by Corrado Alvaro




The area of Gambarie

-Montalto

-The Sanctuary of the
 Madonna of Polsi


-Calanna

-Sant'Alessio
 of Aspromonte


-Santo Stefano
 of Aspromonte

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