|Basilica Our Lady Help of Christians, Lima,
Peru – Photo Salesians of Peru
Lima – Peru (Tuesday, 02/03/2015, Gaudium Press) On the occasion of the Bicentenary of the birth of Don Bosco the Salesian community restored to its splendour one of the jewels of Marian devotion in Lima: the Basilica of Our Lady Help of Christians, inaugurated in 1921.
The last steps of this work have been the installation of the new altar, as well as the restoration of the statue of St. John Bosco, which took place on January 7 and January 27 respectively.
“In view of Don Bosco’s Birth Bicentenary, it seemed important to us to make this effort, after so many years of existence” said Father Santo Dal Ben, taking to the ACI news agency. The remarkable initiative required mayor fund-raising activities to cover a work of great dimensions that included the restoring of each of the elements of the temple, from the remarkable paintings and stained glass windows to the doors and facades of the sacred precinct.
The temple, which has a new lighting system that highlights the beauty of each of its walls, the brightness of its bronze doors, the pulchritude of its towers and the original appearance of 18 paintings by the Italian master painter Giuseppe Cassioli.
|New main altar installed January 7, 2015 – Photo Salesians of Peru|
Lima’s Archbishop, Cardinal Juan Luis Cipriani, praised the work several times as he said last year: “here I feel the presence of Mary.”
The architect Pierangelo Ripamonti has been responsible for the restoration of the Basilica (GPE / EPC)