Chiesa di Sant'Ampelio

Chiesa di Sant'Ampelio, Bordighera

Chiesa di Sant'Ampelio
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veronica59
Argyll, Scotland226 contributions
Peace of ages
Jun 2019
This tiny church on the rocks of the Mediterranean shore at Bordighera dates back to the 5th century when Saint Ampelio came to this coastline, an anchorite monk seeking solitary peace. The current church has its origins in the Romanesque period of the 11th-12th century, its ancient walls now embellished with 15thc. and later rebuilding. You can see some of the ancient stones through conveniently placed glass windows in the floor.

As a small but significant historical site, this little place of worship enshrines the original purpose of Sant' Ampelio, now the patron saint of Bordighera. It is perfectly peaceful, a chapel in which to place your prayers and supplications, to sit and listen to the roar of the sea outside but meditate on the peace inside. The simple Mass on Sundays celebrates the continuing practice of prayer - 1500 years of prayer - and worship. In today's world, this simple and unadorned church creates a place of peace amidst the hustle and bustle of the seaside resort outside. All credit to Bordighera for retaining serenity in this simple but beautiful church with a centuries old tradition.
Written April 23, 2020
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Barbara
Paternoster, South Africa242 contributions
Wonderful mix of old and new
Oct 2019
What a wonderful surprise walking into this beautifully restored little church hanging onto the cliffs of the seaside town of Bordigheda. Not only is it beautifully restored, respecting the natural stone it was originally built with but what came as a complete surprise was the modern elements, such as the pulpit and cross, that were brought into it. Well worth a visit.
Written October 17, 2019
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Alessandro F
Milan, Italy25,380 contributions
Patron of the city
Jul 2019
According to legend, Sant'Ampelio, who was a hermit, lived and died in 428 on this rocky spur.
The first church was built in Romanesque style in medieval times, in the fifteenth and seventeenth century it was enlarged, of that period is the wooden statue of the saint present on the altar.
Very small and simple church, upon entering the floor there are glass plates beyond which you can see the ancient walls of the previous church.
Written August 24, 2019
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Philippe B
Nice, France50 contributions
Confession !
Jul 2019 • Family
Nice but small Chapel overlooking the beach/bay; if you wish to sit and think for 1 mn perfect place.
Written July 5, 2019
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Alanea K
much travelled Canadian154 contributions
Charming small church on the very eastern most tip of the Lungomare.
Sep 2018 • Couples
We did not go inside as the church was closed but from the confetti it must be a popular wedding chapel.
Written September 26, 2018
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darbysam
Liverpool, UK11 contributions
nice church
Jun 2018 • Couples
small but attractive. Theres not much to look at. I really can't think of anything else to say ......
Written June 22, 2018
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Beverley73
Monte Castello di Vibio, Italy169 contributions
Beautiful Church
Mar 2018 • Couples
This is a really lovely church dedicated to the Patron Saint of Bordighera with a rich history. Beautifully restored. The setting is gorgeous- high above the sea with fabulous views over the marina and out to sea - but easily accessible. In the 3 weeks we’ve been here we have visited 3 times - so pleased to find a quiet place of contemplation during Lent. This is a must see.
Written March 2, 2018
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Maria_del_Mar_I
Alicante, Spain117 contributions
Nice small church
May 2016 • Friends
Nice small church located in the coast of Bordighera. Nice views of the Costa Azurra. I love to walk by when I'm in Bordighera.
Written September 18, 2016
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Cheltonian-65
Cheltenham, UK225 contributions
Saint Ampelio, Patron of Bordighera
May 2016 • Couples
We were luck in visiting this Benedictine Church on the 14th. May, the Holy Day when Saint Ampelio's statue is carried on the fisherman's shoulders during the possession of the Saint's day. The church, although plain, is situated at the cliffs edge and has in places a glass floor where you can see the original foundations which I found interesting. Worth a visit if you are in the area.
Written May 18, 2016
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Paola P
Nice, France24 contributions
oasis of peace
Feb 2016 • Friends
Small chapel on the seaside, almost on the rocks,where you can say a prayer,being far away from the crowd. You will hear only the
waves breaking on the rocks and your heart beating. It is a special place where you feel at ease,between sky and sea
Written February 16, 2016
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