Chiesa di Sant'Antonino (Church of Saint Antonino), Sorrento (must see)
One day a whale came up to the beach at Sorrento and swallowed a boy. Not to worry. Antonino got the boy out, safe and sound. Saint Antonino is credited with this and other miracles and he is the patron saint of shipwrecked seafarers. At the entrance to the church is a set of whale bones to memorialize the miracle of boy meets whale.
The Church of Saint Antonino, built in the 11th century, stands over a 7th century oratory built to cover the bones of the Saint. The grey tuff facade is Romanesque. The facade and the bell tower date from the 18th century. There are three naves divided by twelve Corinthian style columns salvaged from ancient Greek and Roman buildings.
At the time of his death, the story goes, Saint Antonino said he did not wish to be buried within or without the city. So, he was put to rest between the walls. In the crypt is a life-like statue of the saint. On one wall are paintings of ships at sea. On another wall are silver talismans of believers who were saved by his grace.
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