Statue of the Immaculate Conception
LOCATION: "Immacolata di Marmo" square next to the Duomo DATING: 1758 DESCRIPTION: White marble sculpture by Ignazio Buceti from Messina (1758), placed on a high truncated pyramid shaped base adorned with angels and epigraphs, truncated pyramid shaped adorned with angels and from epigraphs, inspired by the Vara dell'Assunta that passed in procession.
CURIOSITY: Tradition has it that the monument was erected as a citizen ex voto in thanksgiving to the Virgin, on the same site where in 1681 and 1738 the six living characters placed at the top, four angels, fell from the launch of the Assumption in procession. the Christ and the Alma Maria, remaining miraculously unharmed. Only after the 1908 earthquake was the statue placed on its present site
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