The monastery: the small church that gave life to the monastic settlement
Il Monastero del Tinetto – Ph. Parco di
If Tino is also famous for being the hermitage island of San Venerio, it was actually on the Tinetto island that the monastic settlement started, developing later fully on the sister island.
In the sixth century was built a small monastic settlement on the Tinetto island. On the southern side of the rock, covered by some vegetation, you can still see the remains of a small chapel in one room; on the flat part, however, are the remains of a church with two aisles which were connected to the oratory and the monks’ cells. When the Saracens destroyed the structure, the monastery moved on Tino island.
The Stella Maris: a notice to sailors to avoid the dangerous Scogio do Diao
In front of Tino Island, a discreet and elegant presence rises from the water: it is the Stella Maris, a statue of the Virgin Mary with folded hands towards the open sea.
Is it just a sign of the spiritual importance of the islands given the presence of the monasteries? If this is something that can count, it should be noted that the main function of the statue is to signal to mariners a dangerous dry: O Scogio do Diao (the Devil’s rock in local language). It is on this rock that rests the base of the statue.
The photos of Stella Maris on the cover is by Marcello DiFrancesco