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The Exhibition “Good Friday – sackcloth, cilice, and scapular, genesis of a penitential movement”

February 24 @ 10:00 March 31 @ 21:00

The Sorrento Peninsula, overlooking the Gulf of Naples, is renowned not only for its natural beauty but also for its profound connection with religion, reflected in the rich history of churches, chapels, convents, and monasteries that dot the landscape.

These sacred places have given rise over the centuries to various Brotherhoods, lay associations animated by a spirit of piety and devotion, which contributed to the social and cultural growth of the region.

Inspired by the mystical movement of the Flagellants, brotherhoods emerged as manifestations of strong religious association, involving people from all social backgrounds.

Their historical significance is still evident today in the popular traditions of Holy Week, celebrated with solemn ceremonies and suggestive processions.

Over the centuries, these organizations have built hospitals, orphanages, and conservatories, playing a fundamental role in community life.

Today, the territory of the Sorrento Peninsula boasts as many as 40 active brotherhoods, keeping alive the ancient traditions and religious rites.

To celebrate and preserve this rich cultural heritage, the Municipality and the Fondazione Sorrento foundation have organized an exhibition at Villa Fiorentino, curated by the prior of the Archconfraternity of Santa Monica.

The exhibition, titled “Good Friday – sackcloth, cilice, and scapular, genesis of a penitential movement“, offers an authentic insight into the manifestations of faith and devotion that characterize coastal community life.

Through images, symbols, and original historical documents, visitors can immerse themselves in the universe of brotherhoods and discover the crucial role they have played in shaping the history and culture of the region.

Furthermore, to engage residents and tourists, demonstrations of the Miserere choir will be held on the steps of Villa Fiorentino during the exhibition’s opening days.

The exhibition will be open freely to the public from February 24th to March 31st, 2024, every day from 10 am to 1 pm and from 4 pm to 7 pm, while on Saturdays and Sundays until 8 pm, offering everyone the opportunity to explore and appreciate this fascinating cultural and religious heritage of the Sorrento Peninsula.

For further information and details: +39/ 0818782284 – info@fondazionesorrento.com

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