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Procida - and two churches

The island's patron saint - the archangel Saint Michael - is celebrated each year
on September 28th, with his votive statue on display at the Abbey (dedicated, in
Italian, to "San Michele Arcangelo").

The Abbey is at the centre of the walled city, the Terra Murata - the islanders'
stronghold in medieval times when raids from north African pirates were common -
- is the centre of the festa.... but do also allow some extra time to go downstairs
and see the extensive range of rooms and crypts used by the local Confraternities.

This visit coincided with the ceremonial re-opening of Santa Margherita Nuova, a
church that had once been part of an early Dominican monastery - whose restoration
had taken some 15 years to plan and complete!


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San Michele Arcangelo
San Michele Arcangelo
The scales of justice....
The scales of justice....
t1%2f85%2f449985%2f4%2f146307718.5YalbTfq.jpg Early organ
Early organ
Ceiling of the central nave
Ceiling of the central nave
t1%2f85%2f449985%2f4%2f146307721.RbOzR5b2.jpg Chapel of San Michele
Chapel of San Michele
Decorative stone cover....
Decorative stone cover....
Christian font - originally a pagan Greek wine basin
Christian font - originally a pagan Greek wine basin
Another take on the slain monster
Another take on the slain monster
t1%2f85%2f449985%2f4%2f146307727.qodoM2Z5.jpg Be sure to go downstairs!
Be sure to go downstairs!
t1%2f85%2f449985%2f4%2f146307729.8xoHKSSX.jpg t1%2f85%2f449985%2f4%2f146307730.PgG6em02.jpg t1%2f85%2f449985%2f4%2f146307731.XUPSdyEA.jpg t1%2f85%2f449985%2f4%2f146307732.U0zU3pjZ.jpg
t1%2f85%2f449985%2f4%2f146307733.ad04QUtK.jpg Leaving the Terra Murata
Leaving the Terra Murata
View down to Corricella
View down to Corricella
... and, some 30 yards away....
... and, some 30 yards away....
Poster for the big occasion
Poster for the big occasion
How bad things had got....
How bad things had got....
Pre-restoration survey photos
Pre-restoration survey photos
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Almost a decade ago... Santa Margherita Nuova
Almost a decade ago... Santa Margherita Nuova
... and today
... and today
t1%2f85%2f449985%2f4%2f146307744.7mB1OX3w.jpg t1%2f85%2f449985%2f4%2f146307745.EDhzT4W9.jpg
t1%2f85%2f449985%2f4%2f146307735.fC8vOmQb.jpg t1%2f85%2f449985%2f4%2f146307736.sl9tDeJL.jpg t1%2f85%2f449985%2f4%2f146307740.hriPerF2.jpg The only trace of the civil engineer's presence....
The only trace of the civil engineer's presence....
Polychome-marble altar
Polychome-marble altar
From Corricella, looking back to the Terra Murata
From Corricella, looking back to the Terra Murata
Santa Margherita Nuova - seen from Coricella
Santa Margherita Nuova - seen from Coricella
On the ferry, heading back to Ischia
On the ferry, heading back to Ischia