Church of the Most Holy Annunciation


Condofuri - Amendolea - Santuario Maria SS. Annunziata - Interno - Foto Enzo Galluccio

This church known previously as La Madonna dell’Assunta [Our Lady of the Assumption] once stood in the old mediaeval hamlet of Amendolea. In 1869 it was renamed Maria Santissima Annunziata [Our Lady of the Most Holy Annunciation]

Following flooding in 1953 the name was transferred to the church in the new town of Amendolea, to become a sanctuary at a later stage. In 1965 the new church was officially consecrated and, in 1995, the head of the sixteenth-century statue of the Madonna, which in the meantime had been replaced by a copy, was found again by pure chance.

Inside, the church contains a single nave.

Principal works of art

The Madonna con Bambino [Madonna and Child] in white marble comes from the church of the S. Maria della Gurda monastery. It is believed to be a personal reworking of Michelangelo’s Pietà, sculpted, most probably, by an artist close to Montorsoli. On the base, along a circular band that supports the work, runs the following Latin inscription: Saxea sum sed si fertis pia vota praecesque mansuetu duro marmore numen erit [I am made of stone, but if you bring vows and prayers, God will be mild, despite being of hard marble]. On the sides of the central façade of the plinth, containing a scene from the Annunciation, we find the symbol of Amendolea, an almond, and the coat of arms of the bishop of Bova, Giovanni Camerota (1592-1620). Some claim, however, that the plinth may not refer incontestably to the sculpture it supports.

From the church of the Annunciation of Old Amendolea comes the ciborium [tabernacle] now on the left-hand side of the church in the hamlet of New Amendolea. This is a popularesque version of a Renaissance model, clearly due to the influence of Mazzolo. The work dates from the first half of the sixteenth century and still bears traces of the original colours and gilding.

LocalitaBorgo di Amendolea
Tipo Risorsachiese

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Da Reggio Calabria, percorrere la SS 106 fino all'altezza di Condofuri Marina. Giunti al bivio di San Carlo imboccare la strada che porta a Condofuri Superiore e una volta superato il centro abitato di San Carlo imboccare il Ponte dell'Amendolea.


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