Sunday, July 16, 2017

Church of the Medonna

Church of the Medonna
Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy


"Montalcino is a hill town and comune in TuscanyItaly. It is famous for its Brunello di Montalcino wine.
"The town is located to the west of Pienza, close to the Crete Senesi in Val d'Orcia. It is 42 kilometres (26 mi) from Siena, 110 kilometres (68 mi) from Florence and 150 kilometres (93 mi) from Pisa. The Monte Amiata is located nearby."(Link 2.)


Sanctuary
"The church of the Madonna del Soccorso in Montalcino was built in 1330 on the remains of the medieval little church of Porta al Corniolo, where it is believed that an age-old panel depicted the Virgin Mary was once displayed for local veneration. The building underwent radical expansion from 1478 to 1480, and was finished as late as 1609. The facade, work on which started in 1794 based on designs by Francesco Paccagnini, was completed in 1829. The interior is home to Baroque altars with works attributed to the Sienese Stefano Volpi (Holy Family) and Francesco Vanni (Crucifixion)." (Link 1.)


Church of the Medonna
Eroica Montalcino Balloon Celebration

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Photos: Taken in May 2017 by Richard Wilson with his iPhone while participating in the 2017 Eroica Montalcino. (See Link 3.)
Link 1: http://www.turismo.intoscana.it/site/en/highlights/Church-of-the-Madonna-del-Soccorso-Montalcino/
Link 2: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Montalcino
Link 3: http://www.tuscanbike.it/corsa/vacanze-19-Eroica-Montalcino--7-Maggio-2017?lang=en&

                                                              Prayer

God, be with persecuted Christians throughout the world. Amen (SW.)

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