Sabato, 20 Ottobre 2018

Venetians fete end of plague on Grand Canal pontoon bridge


Venice, November 21 - Thousands of Venetians
crossed a pontoon bridge on the Grand Canal in a pilgrimage to
the Madonna della Salute church Wednesday in an annual
celebration of the end of the plague that devastated the lagoon
city in 1630.
Construction on the church, the name of which translates to
Our Lady of Health, began in 1631 by Baroque architect
Baldassare Longhena as a votive offering from the city to
deliver it from pestilence, which had killed one third of the
population in the course of a year.
In a token of thanks, it was also decreed that the Senate
make pilgrimage to the church each year on November 21, the
Feast of the Presentation of the Virgin, by crossing the Grand
Canal on a temporary pontoon bridge.
The day is known as the Festa della Salute, or the Feast of
Good Health.
"Here we express the faith of the Christian people who
welcome, thanks to Her close bond with Christ, the centrality of
Mary, the very mother of our saviour," said Venice Patriarch
Francesco Moraglia in a mass Wednesday.

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