In the facade of the Sarzana’s cathedral is stuck the grip of a mysterious sword. It’s just a sundial or something else?
The story of Sarzana is very long and rich. Between the folds of the centuries are also some mysteries that no one – even today – was able to give a definite answer.
An example is given by the elegant facade of the cathedral S. Assunzione that overlooks the central Via Mazzini (the second church you meet coming from Piazza Matteotti, after leaving to the right the Bonaparte house). Looking at the church, at the top on the left, you will see the handle of a sword protuding from the marble stones.
It is the Sarzana version of The Sword in the Rock: the sword hilt about which all have tried to give an interpretation to without success.
Is the sword hilt just a sundial
Looking at the mysterious sword stuck in the rock some have argued that it is a simple sundial.
This is the simplest answer to the mystery, but was discarded with the deepening of studies in favor of other much more suggestive explanations .
A sword as a peace sign: the symbol is stuck in the facade, the explanation is inside the cathedral
One of the most commonly accepted explanations about the strange symbol is that the sword in the rock is a Peace Sign .
According to this theory, the sword was stuck between the marble blocks at the end of a long duel to signify lasting peace.
To support this thesis would also be one particular of the inside of the church . The second column on the left has visibly damaged in the marble base. It is said that it is the point in which the heads of two fighting parties would break their swords to confirm the will to achieve peace .
There is uncertainty, however, about what would be the ended war.
It is the sword of Lorenzo the Magnificent?
According to some, the battle which ended in a so spectacular manner is the Serrezzana War , fought between the Republic of Genoa and the Florence of the Medici for the control of Sarzana in 1487.
The very Lorenzo the Magnificent took part to the important battle..
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