Statue of Our Lady at 1571 Battle of Lepanto comes to light!

An alert reader sent me to an interesting article in Spanish at ABC about the original statue of Our Lady given by Venice to don Juan de Austria that was on the quarterdeck of his flagship (more properly “lantern galley”) at Lepanto.

Apparently it had been lost for years but was recently rediscovered and is undergoing restoration at the Spanish Navy Museum:

Virgen del Rosario o della Vitoria

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  1. Finarfin says:

    I will be excited to see the restored statue! My father is a devoted fan of the miarculous battle of Lepanto, and has recently bought a book by Louis de Wohl on Don Juan of Austria. He is looking forward to reading it!

  2. irishgirl says:

    Where was the statue found? Was it underwater at or near the battle site?

  3. AvantiBev says:

    Leave the image alone so that it reminds kumbaya syncretist katholics and apathetic agnostic Westerners what a Muslim woman looks like when the males in her cult believe she has gotten too uppity, too emancipated, too Western or tried to leave their Cult of Submission. Acid attacks, noses cut off, stabbings, drownings, strangulations, ho hum, turn the page, change the channel. LEAVE MARY’S IMAGE as it now is and let her scream for those women who cannot scream loudly enough to wake us Westerners from our slumber.

  4. asperges says:

    Hang on tightly to it. We have had enough artefacts from Lepanto wrongly returned.

  5. Wade says:

    irishgirl, my Spanish is not perfect, but it appears that originally the statue was a gift from Venice to Don Juan of Austria, admiral of the Spanish forces, prior to the battle of Lepanto. The intent was that it would later be transferred to the care of the “Brotherhood of Galleys” associated with a church in El Puerto de Santa Maria, Spain (same port from which the ship of the same name that accompanied Columbus sailed from). It appears, however, that it ended up in the Spanish Naval Academy about 1854. It is now being restored at the Naval Museum in Madrid.

    Interestingly, during the Battle of Lepanto, Don Juan’s ship the the “Real” appears to have engaged the “Sultana” the muslem flagship.

    If memory serves me, the Spanish writer Cervantes lost a hand at this battle, and one of the other admirals commanding the Catholic forces, Andrea Doria, carried a small copy of the Virgin of Guadalupe into battle.

  6. Wade says:

    I believe that the Church still celebrates the Feast of Our Lady of the Rosary on October 7, the date of the Battle of Lepanto.

  7. Legisperitus says:

    Our Lady of Victory appears, just when we need her!

  8. pm125 says:

    The remaining eye looks like it has the sense of sight – or ?

  9. irishgirl says:

    Thank you, Wade, for the explanation on the statue’s history.
    And yes, October 7, the anniversary of Lepanto, is still the Feast of Our Lady of the Rosary.
    And FYI, the feast started out as ‘Our Lady of Victory’!
    And boy, do we ever her now!

  10. kelleyb says:

    Our Lady of Victory, pray for us.

  11. Norah says:

    Fr Tim Finigan reminds us that 12,000 Christian galley slaves were freed as a result of the victory at Lepanto.

  12. RitaElizabeth says:

    Amazing! :)

  13. NoTambourines says:

    Wade– yes, I think Cervantes was nicknamed El Manco de Lepanto, the One-Armed Man of Lepanto.

  14. Mariana says:

    I’m happy to report that I was accepted into the Catholic Church on a 7th of October!

  15. GrogSmash says:

    Deo Gratias!

  16. Mariana says:


    Thank you, how very kind of you!!!!

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