Chiesa di Santa Maria del Soccorso
Forio d'Ischia (NA)
Piazza del Soccorso
Territorio: Capri, Ischia e Procida
It is a small white sanctuary very pictoresque and situated on the homonymous bluff overlooking the sea. Ancient Augustinian convent, it was founded around 1350 and abolished in 1653, but the actual appearance of the church reflect the changes that were made in 1864. The entire construction has preserved intact all the typical elements of the small churches of the marine borough, expecially due to the many ex voto of fishermen that it preserves. The church is famous not only for its position, but also for its particular façade, white and decorated with a precious stairway made of majolica tiles of the eighteenth century. Even if the style is very simple, it well summarizes the Greek-Byzantine, the Moresque and the Mediterranean architecture. From the
beautiful terrace, made of majolica tiles, when certain atmospheric conditions occur, it is possible to see an optic refraction known as green ray. The church’s interior has a nave accompanied by side chapels and the apse, on top of which, before 1883’s earthquake, stood a towering cupola. In the left-side chapel there is a thaumaturgical Crucifix, a sculpture of Catalan inspiration,
dating back to the XVI century. The Chiesa del Soccorso with the Torrione, are the symbols of the town Forio and one of the most singular architectural results of the Island.
Open: MON-SUN 8am-12,30am/4pm-8pm