Placa en la Santa Maria de la Cinta
Plaque at Santa Maria de la Cinta
On a hilltop in the city of Huelva is the Sanctuary of Santa Maria de la Cinta. Returning from his first voyage to America and sailing from the Azores homeward in the night of 2 March 1493 the Niña hit straight into the centre of a major storm. For the third time this voyage the lot was cast as to who should make a pilgrimage if all were spared this time Santa Maria de la Cinta and again the lot fell on Columbus. To acknowledge his debts, he visited the sanctuary on 27 March 1493. This fact is commemorated on several places in and outside the buildings.
Outside, visible from the street is an azulejo with Columbus' portrait and a depiction of his fleet, and the text:
En este Santuari estuvo orando en fé de una promesa Cristobal Colon, a su vuelta del nuevo mundo, en marzo de MCDXCIII.
(1) Next to the altar in the church is this azulejo by Zuloaga of 1920 with a depiction of a ship in a tempest and Columbus praying to Maria. In the text below, only partly visible, is referred to a storm in the night of 2 March 1493.
This azulejo is described in Sugrañes's book, pp. 37-38.
(2) On the courtyard:
LA REAL SOCIEDAD COLOMBINA ONUBENSE
SE PERSONÓ CORPORATIVAMENTE EN ESTE SANTUARIO
EL DIA 27 DE MARZO DE 1993 PARA REMEMORAR
EL 5º CENTENARIO DEL CUMPLIMIENTO DEL VOTO
HECHO POR COLON A SANTA MARÍA DE LA CINTA,
AL REGRESO DEL VIAJE DESCUBRIDOR DE AMÉRICA.
Signed by Jose Ma Segovia Azcarate, Presidente, and Julio Buendia Gonzalez, Hermano Mayor.
The plaque is adorned with the insignia of the Royal Columbian Society of Huelva and a depiction of La Niña.
Inside the church are the insigna of the Society:
(3) This azulejo by Joaquín Soriano is inside the church and commemorates the canonic coronation of the image of the Virgen of la Cinta. It is placed there on 26 September 1996, the 4th anniversary of the closing session on 26 September 1992 at 19.30 hour of the "XI Congreso Mariano y XVIII Maríológico Internacíonales", held at the occasion of the 5th centenary of the discovery and evangelization of America (see the chapter "Coronada de amor en El Conquero" Sugrañes's book, pp. 81-90).
Sources & Information
- Photos: Peter & René van der Krogt, 10 March 2002
- Eduardo J. Sugrañes Gómez, La Cinta, Santuario de fe y amor onubense. Segunda Edición. Huelva, 1997.
Location N 37°16'40" W 6°56'39"
Item Code: esan007;
Added: 16 December 2006
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