Sanctuary of the Madonna di Tindari

Sanctuary of the Madonna di Tindari

Sanctuary of the Madonna di Tindari
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Legend has it that the Black Madonna statue fished out of the sea has healing powers; a visit to this picturesque church just may prove it to you.
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Sally62
Northampton, UK5,221 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2019
You can see the basilica on the top of the hill from miles around and it's well worth stopping off for a visit. You can't drive up into the town so you have to park in a large car park at the bottom of the hill and take a bus up to the top. Make sure you check the current opening times for the basilica and allow time to queue for a ticket and catch the bus although these do come frequently.
According to tradition, in C9th fishermen discovered a crate with the statue of the black Madonna inside. They put her in the abandoned ruins of the temple of Ceres and a sanctuary was built in C11th by the Benedictines. The shrine became and important place of pilgrimage and was unable to cope with the number of visitors so was rebuilt in 1970s. The Madonna is made of cedar of Lebanon and is Byzantine - it is on display under the dome and is quite beautiful.
The church has a beautiful fresco on the ceiling and lots of artwork that stands out against the dark stone. Also make sure you walk behind the altar where you can see the history of the statue in mosaics which are stunning.
Definitely worth a visit.
Written August 30, 2020
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Michele Amico🇮🇹🇮🇹🇮🇹🇮🇹
Caltanissetta, Italy2,871 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019 • Friends
In the northeast side of Sicily Island, in the zone of Patti, there is the beautiful 'Santuario della Madonna di Tindari', a great view.
Written October 5, 2019
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Michele Amico🇮🇹🇮🇹🇮🇹🇮🇹
Caltanissetta, Italy2,871 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2019 • Friends
Hello my Friends, I come back in my wonderful Sicily, with my Friends pedalling from Patti to Tindari Sanctuary. Then a great Granita.
Written May 25, 2019
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janea201
Glasgow, UK122 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2019 • Couples
A truly beautiful church with ornate ceilings as you might expect but the mosaics and stained glass windows are a sight to behold. Tindari was quiet and it was like we had this place to ourselves. Very special and well worth a visit.
Written April 2, 2019
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Fr George
Lodi, NJ17 contributions
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As a young man I belonged to the Society of Madonna dei Tindari in Hoboken, NJ. I always dreamed of visiting the Sanctuary. After many many years I am now 67 and a priest, I had the good fortune to be able to visit Sicily, my family there, who live only a few miles away from Tindari in Patti. It was an unbelievable trip, never to be forgotten. And the Basilica is very beautiful, the mosaics, stained glass windows, the people visiting from all over the world, and the priests there were very welcoming and made me feel at home. If you visit Sicily you must make the effort to visit the Sanctuary. Fr. George
Written January 5, 2008
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JennMarte
55 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
You can see the church from far away as it is set on top of a mountain. Once you get to the top where the church is wow! The views below of the beach are amazing. The church has a magical feel to it. The Madonna, the church and the views are just absolutely beautiful.
Written December 30, 2014
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Myriam K
Naples, Italy154 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2014 • Friends
A beautiful church overlooking the Tindari Lagoon . Local legend tells that the lagoon was created after a man accidentally lost his sick girl and then found her playing on the sands of Marinello below which took the shape of the profile of the Madonna. Recently this has changed due to tides and sea.

The Mosaics combined with the Tinted Glass of the church are breathtaking.
It is a church that honors a Black Madonna statue found in the seas of Sicily (probably from Africa)

Worth a visit
Written August 25, 2014
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lhottenst
Sicily, Italy6 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2012
Having lived in Sicily for four years, we've become pretty jaded about visiting the scores of churches throughout Italy and the rest of Europe. We made our first visit to the Sanctuary of the Black Madonna di Tindari on a gorgeous Friday afternoon in January 2012 and couldn't help but love the town of Tindari and the Black Madonna church, however! Normally, you have to park in one of the lots down the hill from the town piazza, but we were able to park in a closer lot (and could have driven all the way up and parked in the piazza as it turns out!) and enjoy a picnic lunch that we had packed. The church was closed until 2:30PM, so we were in no hurry and were able to enjoy the stunning scenery and browse the small shops that were open. We even enjoyed a great espresso and ciocolato caldo (reasonably priced, too!) at the restaurant off the piazza - where another family and a group of priests were doing the same thing. When we finally were able to enter the church, there was one of the most elaborate and best precipe (manger scene) that we've seen in Sicily, or anywhere. Running water, animation, and sounds were combined with obviously handpainted and meticulously made pieces. Once we entered the sanctuary itself, we were immediately drawn to the Black Madonna and the altar. Stunning! (And again, I say that I'm jaded after seeing literally hundreds of European churches over the years.) But the rest of the church was just as beautiful, from the stained glass over the entrance to the mosaic scenes from the lives of Mary and Jesus that were on either side of the church. It was a very spiritual and rewarding experience, even for our 10 and eight year old boys. I highly recommend that if you're driving along the north coast of Sicily that you take two hours to visit Tindari and the Black Madonna church!
Written January 20, 2012
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Finata
Amsterdam, The Netherlands46 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Couples
Beautiful church. Make sure you walk also behind the Black Madonna to see the history of the statue in mosaics.
Written January 16, 2020
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Enric
10 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2019
Please, stay in Oliveri and do the " code della Volpe" is a beautifull itinerary that brings you from the beach to the mountain. the view is stunning and the church is beautifull
Written October 5, 2019
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