SANTA MARIA DELLA RABIDA AND CRISTOBAL COLON

Palos de la Frontera, Monastey of Santa Maria de la Ràbida.Nikon D810 24 mm (24-120 mm ƒ/4) 1/125" ƒ/5.6 ISO 800

For this single fundamental reason The Monastery of Santa María de la Rábida, a  Franciscan friary in Palos de la Frontera, is to be considered an historical site.

After a two year wait, from here Cristopher Columbus was finally able to take-off with his ships to cross the Atlantic Ocean for his first adventurous voyage to the Indies. It finally happened for the intercession of  the confessor to Isabella, Francisco Jiménez de Cisneros, who patiently talked the Queen and king Ferdinando into the project. Evidently, the presence of the Italian unemployed seaman had to be particularly annoying for the poor friars, exposed to the captain’s gloomy state of mind.

C’è un motivo fondamentale per cui il Monastero di Santa Maria della Rábida è assurto al rango di luogo d’interesse storico.

Cristoforo Colombo attese qui per due lunghi anni prima di intraprendere la traversata dell’Atlantico per il suo primo avventurosissimo viaggio per le Indie. L’ok all’operazione arrivò per intercessione di Padre Francisco Jiménez de Cisneros, confessore di Isabella, che convinse il re e la regina della bontà dell’iniziativa. Un ruolo nella motivazione del sant’uomo deve aver giocato l’umore nero del navigatore, la cui deprimente presenza i frati dovettero sopportare tanto a lungo.

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