Tourist Attraction in Castellabate: Santuario di Santa Maria a Mare
The sanctuary of Santa Maria a Mare is located in Castellabate, in the hamlet of Santa Maria near the beach of Marina Piccola. This religious structure was formerly called Santa Maria "at the seashore" and has already been mentioned in 1102, so it precedes the settlement's settlement and although it is still undergoing major transformations, it is located in the same place where it was first built. the notarial act of August 8, 1826, the families of the place took on the burden of building the new church.The choice to dedicate the temple of worship to Santa Maria a Mare is due to the fact that at that time among the locals there were numerous families from Maiori with the emigration of the eighteenth century, who brought with them the devotion to St. Maria a Mare, to whom they had also named the collegiate of their native country.The construction work ended in 1836 when the new The church was solemnly blessed in 1911. It was recognized as an autonomous parish in respect of that of Castellabate (country) in 1911. In 1985, due to the damage of the 1980 earthquake, use for worship for restoration purposes until June 4, 1990. On October 25, 2007, the church of Santa Maria a Mare was elevated to the diocesan marian sanctuary. The building consists of three aisles divided by pillars and has a hexagonal bell tower which distinguishes the landscape of the Marina Piccola. At the center of the apse stands the statue of Santa Maria a Mare, patron of the hamlet. A legend tells that this in the early 1800s was found by some fishermen in the waters in front of the marina of Castellabate. It is supposed that effigy was thrown at sea from a ship at risk of sinking for too much weight. The credibility of this legend is reinforced by the fact that there is no certainty that certifies the realization of sacred effigy. That's why tradition wants fishermen to carry the statue found in the sea on the day of its celebration (August 15) to the shoulder in procession. The front facade has the inscription "Santuario Santa Maria a Mare" and the door of the central bronze nave, in which are depicted the image of Saint Maria a Mare and some events that have distinguished history: coronation at St. Peter's Square in Rome by Pope Benedict XVI, pilgrimage to Maiori by sea and arrival at the Shrine of the Relics of Santa Teresa. Every August 15th of the year, is held the religious and patron saint of Santa Maria a Mare, patron and patron of the city.