The Holy Face- Santa Croce

The Holy Face- Santa Croce

Nicodemo, the one that defended Jesus in front of the temple, is the author of the Holy Face.
Angels appeared to him in a dream and told him to sculpt a statue of Jesus in order for the posterity to know his real appearance.
Nicodemo sculpted Jesus' body with the same wood as Jesus' cross, but he couldn't sculpt the face and he fell asleep praying to be able to do it.
Angel hands sculpted his face that night.

The Holy Face arrived at Luni, after being put on a boat without crew in order to save it from persecutions. Lucca's bishop was advised to go Luni by some angels and thanks to the divine will the Holy Face was brought to Lucca.

the Holy Cross celebration takes place on the 13th of September, it is a religious procession where all of the public lights get turned off and the votive candles get turned on as well as the candles that decorate every building inside the Walls of Lucca. There are people dressed in typical medieval dresses, because it is a custom that dates back to the 12th century.

For this occasion, Lucca dresses up with handicraft, antique trade, gastronomy fairs and markets, during the month of September.

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