CHURCH OF SANTA MARIA OF BETLEHEM, THE SACRED HOME OF THE CANDLESTICK BEARERS
The Church of Santa Maria represents the heart of the traditions of Sassari. On August 14th, after a long and exhausting procession carrying huge decorated wooden pillars representing candles, members of the Gremi (Guilds) enter the church proudly, with their votive candles. A religious observance since the Middle Ages, this is the festival of the Candlesticks, which fulfills a promise made to the Virgin Mary of the Assumption for having saved the city from the plague.
- Published in Sassari Without Barriers