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Maglie, mosaico per la Madonna della Scala

Maglie, mosaico per la Madonna della Scala

Un nuovo mosaico adorna la facciata della chiesa della Madonna della Scala. La cappella, la più antica del centro abitato di Maglie, ospita oggi un nuovissimo mosaico, realizzato dall’artista Daniele Minosi su commissione del sacerdote don Salvatore Toma. Si tratta di due iniziali, A ed M, che stanno per “Ave Maria”, ossia il saluto dell’Arcangelo Gabriele in occasione dell’annunciazione alla Vergine. Più in basso è stato posto il monogramma di Gesù. Non è il primo lavoro di Monisi per la chiesa, dato che dietro l’altare sono ospitati i sei ovali degli ultimi papi che sono saliti al soglio pontificio, Benedetto XVI, Giovanni Paolo II, Giovanni XXII, Giovanni Paolo I, Paolo VI, Pio XII. Un intervento importante per la chiesa, che conserva una storia lunga e interessante. Dopo l’istituzione dei Conventuali nel 1585, a loro era stato affidato il luogo contiguo alla chiesa per la realizzazione di un convento che fu costruito a spese dei magliesi. A seguito della soppressione di quell’Ordine, il luogo fu venduto per 534 ducati all’arcidiacono Fedele Abate, che avrebbe voluto costituire una comunità di Alcantarini, ma il posto fu utilizzato come ospedale e lazzaretto o come area cimiteriale. Poi assegnata alla Congregazione della Carità per eseguire i desiderata di Michela Tamborino (la benefattrice che donò ai magliesi l’ospedale), la chiesa fu rimaneggiata e ingrandita. Durante gli ultimi lavori di restauro, un paio di anni fa, è stata rivelata la presenza di molti resti umani orientati verso la facciata della preesistente chiesa romanica, ma forse legati alla presenza del lazzaretto. Davanti alla porta maggiore della chiesa era piantata una grande croce di pietra trovata fracassata dall’arcivescovo Corderos durante la sua visita al casale di Maglie nel 1584.

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