Procession du Catenacciu

Religious in Sartène

Every Good Friday since the Middle Ages, a chained, barefoot penitent has re-enacted Christ’s journey to Calvary by lugging a massive oak cross on a 1.8km circuit through the streets of Sartène. Wearing red robes and cowled to preserve his anonymity, the Catenacciu (literally ‘chained one’), is chosen by the parish priest, often to atone for a grave sin.

Both the 34kg cross and 16kg chain are displayed year-round inside Sartène’s granite Église Ste-Marie, on the main square.