March 25, 2016

Trapani, Sicily. October, 2015

The one place I wanted to visit in this Sicilian port town was the Chiesa delle Anime del Purgatorio. It's the resting place for the larger-than-lifesize statues representing the Stations of the Cross. Every year (reportedly since 1612) on Good Friday, various guilds of workers in town shoulder the tableaux and parade them through the streets (no less than 16 hours, sometimes more than 24) before returning hours later to the church. "No flash" signs are posted everywhere in the church, so this photo (The Wound to the Chest, sponsored by the guilds of the Painters and of the Decorators) is not of the highest quality. Scusi.

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