Photographer's Note

In 1294 the hermit and Benedictine monk Pietro da Morrone, was elected Pope, under the name of Celestino V, after a conclave that lasted more than 2 years (!!). He wished to be consacrated in the basilica of Santa Maria in Collemaggio (Abruzzi - Italy) that he himself had ordered to be built after dreaming the Holy Virgin asking him to build a church in Her honor.

As a token of gratitude towards all inhabitants of L'Aquila, whom had assisted and hosted him during many years, the new elected Pope granted a plenary indulgence to all people of that City.

From that day, every year, on the evening of August 28th., the feast of the "Gran Perdonanza" (plenary indulgence) is being celebrated. Every year, the Archbishop initiates the celebration by reading the "Bolla dell'indulgenza" (the original indulgence writing), followed by the opening of the Sacred Door (Porta Santa). L'Aquila is the only city in the whole Catholic world that is allowed to open a "Sacred Door" every year (a honor that not even Rome has been granted).

During the last week of August, L'Aquila sees not only religious activities, but also music events and wonderful costumed parades.

The gentleman on this image was one of the many participants. I liked the wonderful red of his middle-ages costume and the intense expression in his eyes.

I had to crop the image very tightly to eliminate a waving hand covering part of his hat. Since I already had to miss part of the hat, I decided for an even tighter crop on top and right.

PP: enhanced contrast and some level correction to lighten up the face.

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