The Christ of the abyss

The beautiful abbey of San Fruttuoso of Capodimonte is easily reachable by boat, leaving from the pier in Sestri Levante. In the blue waters of the small bay,  more than 15 meters deep, there is the bronze statue of the Christ, which was set there in 1954.

Many diving centers offer excursions to visit closely the Christ, which can be seen also through a “batiscopio” or a normal diving mask.
Very charming is also the annual ceremony on the last Saturday of July, with an evocative procession at candle light, the blessing of the sea, the deposition of a laurel wreath and a nighttime mass on the beach.