Festival of Maria SS. of Piazza Vecchia

Among the popular religious and tourist traditions, the city of Piazza Armerina includes the Festival of May 3rd or Maria SS. of Piazza Vecchia, in honor of the patron saint Our Lady of Victories.
This religious feast, particularly loved by locals, has ancient origins. It is said that near the present sanctuary of Piazza Vecchia, around 1348, the effigy of Our Lady of Victories was found. She is the patroness of the city of Piazza Armerina and the diocese attributed the miracle of the end of the plague that hit the population to her. Every year on the last Sunday in April a copy of the sacred icon of Our Lady of Victories is carried in procession from the Sanctuary of Piazza Vecchia, through a very picturesque country path along several kilometers to the Church of the Guardian Angels, to be venerated by the faithful and later brought back on May 3, day of the festival, when between manifestations of devotion and great folkloric monuments, the image returns to the Sanctuary.

 

 

  Click to listen highlighted text! Among the popular religious and tourist traditions, the city of Piazza Armerina includes the Festival of May 3rd or Maria SS. of Piazza Vecchia, in honor of the patron saint Our Lady of Victories. This religious feast, particularly loved by locals, has ancient origins. It is said that near the present sanctuary of Piazza Vecchia, around 1348, the effigy of Our Lady of Victories was found. She is the patroness of the city of Piazza Armerina and the diocese attributed the miracle of the end of the plague that hit the population to her. Every year on the last Sunday in April a copy of the sacred icon of Our Lady of Victories is carried in procession from the Sanctuary of Piazza Vecchia, through a very picturesque country path along several kilometers to the Church of the Guardian Angels, to be venerated by the faithful and later brought back on May 3, day of the festival, when between manifestations of devotion and great folkloric monuments, the image returns to the Sanctuary.    


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