Holy Christ of Lepanto

The Holy Christ of Lepanto of the Cathedral of Barcelona is in the chapel of the Holy Sacrament, just above the sepulcher of Saint Olegarius. It has a patina which causes it to darken.

There is a legend that says that Our Lord was present at the battle of Lepanto in 1571, specifically on the ship captained by Juan de Austria, stepbrother of Philip II. This was a decisive battle and victory meant that the Turks would not be able to advance on Europe. They were stopped at the gates of the Christian continent and, consequently, Pope Saint Pius V established the feast day of Our Lady of the Rosary on 7 October.

There is also a legend that says that in mid-battle Our Father dodged a cannon ball and that is why his body is inclined as it is. Other say that the figure was in the ship's hold and that he moved his body to cover a large hole that would have sunk the lead ship.

360º View of Holy Christ of Lepanto Chapel

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