THE BELL OF THE MIRACLE

Guided tour of the ancient parish church
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CLIMB TO THE BELL TOWER TO HEAR IN PERSON THE 'SOUND OF THE MIRACLE'

The tolling of the historic bells in the bell tower of the ancient parish church dedicated to San Nicolò, now affectionately called the 'old church', have echoed on festive days for centuries. Among them, one has a symbolic meaning for the people of Pietra: the 'Bell of the Miracle', the largest bell on which the imprint of a hand is clearly visible. According to tradition, it is the hand of San Nicolò, the patron saint of the town. The guided tour will lead you to discover this ancient sacred building that is so important to the city. Built in the year 885, rebuilt and enlarged in 1384 in Romanesque style, in 1791 this church was abandoned due to the opening of the new parish church, the current basilica of San Nicolò. In 1796, it was given by 'Pietra's parliament' to the Confraternity of Disciplinants. From that date, this church has also been known as the oratory of the Conception or 'dei Bianchi' (the Whites'). In 2007 the bell supports were in a bad condition and it was dangerous to make them ring. A group of volunteers secured them so that their chimes echoed again as a sign of pride and festive devotion. Even today, the citizens of Pietra are very devoted to their patron saint and, as recommended on an ancient tombstone walled into the pillar of the church, the great feast of the Miracle is celebrated every year in his honor.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]
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