Disclaimer, my apologies in advance. There were many more photos but they were ruined.
The old village of Gradara is well known for its double lined medieval walls and it well preserved beautiful castle. I arrived here the night before because I really wanted to see this village showcased by lights.
Right inside the front door is a special room……. the torture chamber for prisoners.
Daughter of Guido I da Polenta of Ravenna, Francesca was wedded in or around 1275 to the brave, yet crippled Giovanni Malatesta (also called Gianciotto or “Giovanni the Lame”), son of Malatesta da Verucchio, lord of Rimini.
The marriage was a political one; Guido had been at war with the Malatesta family, and the marriage of his daughter to Giovanni was a way to solidify the peace that had been negotiated between the Malatesta and the Polenta families.
While in Rimini, she fell in love with Giovanni’s younger brother, Paolo. Though Paolo too was married, they managed to carry on an affair for some ten years, until Giovanni ultimately surprised them in Francesca’s bedroom sometime between 1283 and 1286, killing them both.
Who is Saint John the Baptist, you might ask? Well, he is the patron saint of the monks, baptized Jesus in the waters of the river Jordan. He is the last prophet of the Old Testament and the first Apostle of Jesus because he bore witness to him still alive. In the Gospel of Luke (1, 5) it is said that he was born into a priestly family, his father Zaccaria was from the class of Abia and his mother Elizabeth, descended from Aaron.
The mother Elizabeth was sterile and now old. One day, while her husband Zaccaria offered incense in the Temple, the archangel Gabriel appeared to him and said: “Do not be afraid of Zechariah, your prayer has been answered and your wife Elizabeth will give you a son whom you will call John.
After that vision, Elizabeth conceived a child among the wonder of relatives and acquaintances; in the sixth month of her pregnancy, the archangel Gabriel, the “heavenly messenger”, was sent by God to Nazareth to announce to Mary the motherhood of Christ: “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, the power will overshadow you. High. He who is born will, therefore, be holy and called the Son of God. See also Elisabetta, your relative, in old age has conceived a child and this is the sixth month for her, that everyone said sterile; nothing is nothing is impossible to God “.
Above I wrote he was born into a “priestly family” other than the fact that his mother Elizabeth was old and sterile but her cousin was Mary the virgin mother of Jesus.
I guess if you are young you get Jesus and if you are old you get a prophet.
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