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Un sito per ricordare don Grazio Gianfreda

Un sito per ricordare don Grazio Gianfreda

Un sito monografico dedicato a una figura del sapere otrantino.
E’ stato creato un sito internet dedicato a don Grazio Gianfreda, www.graziogianfreda.it, che racconta la sua vita e le sue opere.
Don Grazio (Collepasso 20 aprile 1912 – Otranto 4 gennaio 2007) è ricordato con vivo affetto dalla comunità otrantina che gli deve molto, per l’opera di studio e diffusione delle vicende storiche e del mosaico della cattedrale. A lui si devono oltre trenta pubblicazioni a partire dal 1965. Trascorreva lunghe ore seduto alla sua scrivania nella sacrestia della cattedrale a studiare, scrivere e a illustrare ai turisti in visita il mosaico e le sue molteplici simbologie.
A spiegare il perché della creazione della pagina web a lui dedicata, il vicario don Quintino Gianfreda: “Il sito si pone in ideale linea di continuità con la piena e pluridecennale disponibilità verso tutti di monsignor Grazio Gianfreda, che ha offerto una quotidiana presenza nella basilica cattedrale di Otranto dall’ottobre 1956, anno d’inizio del suo ministero di parroco della Natività di Maria Vergine nella cattedrale, fino alla sua morte.
Per oltre cinquant’anni don Grazio si è dedicato con assidua diligenza all’esercizio del suo servizio pastorale e, nel contempo, ha studiato e approfondito con molteplici ricerche la storia della Città, l’evento del martirio cristiano del 1480 a seguito dell’invasione ed occupazione di Otranto da parte dei Turchi e i beni monumentali, in particolare la cattedrale normanna con la sottostante Cripta (1080-1088), il suo prezioso mosaico pavimentale (1163-1165) e la chiesa bizantina di San Pietro (secolo XI).
Di tale ingente patrimonio di fede e di arte don Grazio si è fatto accompagnatore accogliente con chiunque nel dialogo e anche nel confronto, avendo una particolare attenzione verso i giovani aperti o inclini alla ricerca: ne è stato autorevole conoscitore e benemerito divulgatore.
Le sue numerose pubblicazioni, raccolte nel sito, vengono messe a disposizione quale contributo di approfondito studio e di ininterrotto dialogo tra l’Autore e quanti, vicini o lontani, sono affascinati o casualmente s’imbattono con Otranto, per conoscerne e scoprire la storia e il suo singolare patrimonio religioso-artistico-culturale”.

Jenny De Cicco

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