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Abbey of Santa Giustina – The legend of the Constantinople Madonna

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Above the sarcophagus of St. Luke there is a very old sacred image shrouded in numerous legends. It is the 'Constantinopolitan Madonna', probably the oldest effigy of the Virgin present in the city. According to tradition, the work (attributed to the evangelist saint) came to Padua from the Basilica of the Twelve Apostles in Constantinople. Legend has it that due to the iconoclastic fury that raged in the eastern capital between the eighth and ninth centuries, the effigy went up in flames, but miraculously flew from them into the hands of a woman who handed it over to the priest Urius. It was he who rescued it and brought it to Padua.

Abbey of Santa Giustina – The legend of the Constantinople Madonna

Via Giuseppe Ferrari, 2/a, 35123 Padova PD, Italy

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