A Sea to Love,
a Hinterland to Savor

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CHURCH OF SAINT MARY OF MOUNT CARMEL



In the mid-19th century the people of the fishing village of Torre Melissa used to gather for prayer and to hear mass in a small storeroom made available by the local municipal authorities.

To meet the needs of the community and to overcome the discomfort of having to celebrate mass, weddings, baptisms and funerals in such a small place, they decided to build the Church of Saint Mary of Mount Carmel. It has a single nave structure with the inner trabeation supported by lesenes inspired by the Ionic order of columns. History recalls that on 11 August 1941, during World War II, Torre Melissa was attacked by a group of Royal Air Force bombers. Many bombs exploded in the stretch of sea in front of the church, causing great panic among the residents of the peaceful hamlet. In their panic, some of the people exposed the statue of the Virgin on the steps of the church to invoke the end of every war and to ward off every danger. After that event the community lived in relative peace, even if the war raged on until 1945. From that moment, the grateful people decided to celebrate the date of 11 August every year with festivities.

Address: Via Risorgimento, 88814 - Melissa (KR)



GALLERY



altare
crocifisso
dettaglio del sacro cuore
dettaglio dell'altare
dipinto su vetro
esterno della chiesa
interno della chiesa
particolare del campanile
particolare della facciata
particolare interno



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