Santuario Gibilmanna, Cefalu

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The Sanctuary of Gibilmanna is a Christian shrine in the province of Palermo, Sicily, southern Italy. It is located in Gibilmanna, a frazione of the comune of Cefalù on a slope of the Pizzo Sant'Angelo, a peak in the Madonie chain, at an altitude of some 800 m.HistoryAccording to tradition, Gibilmanna would be one of the six Benedictine monasteries commissioned by Gregory the Great (pope from 590) at his own expenses before his election. On the site existed a church dedicated to St Michael Archangel.The convent's edifices were perhaps in ruins in the 9th century, when the Arabs conquered the area (858), while the small church would house several hermitages. After the Norman conquest of Sicily, a program of numerous Christian constructions was launched, perhaps including that of Gibilmanna. The church, again mentioned in 1178, was a priorate in 1228, and thus no more a Benedictine possession.In 1535, father Sebastiano Majo da Gratteri, one of the first follower of the Capuchine reformation, established himself at Gibilmann. Next to the old Benedictine chapel a first convent was built. In the early 17th century it was decided to build a new church in place of the Benedictine chapel: finished in 1623, it was opened in 1625, including a sacristy and an entrance staircase. The façade was preceded by a portico. The new church also received, from the old church, an image of Madonna with Child, a Byzantine-style fresco, a statue of the Virgin and a Crucifix (also in Byzantine-style). For the high altar a new painting was commissioned, depicting the Assumption. The old chapel was demolished. In the same centuries, the convent was further enlarged and enriched. Artworks added include statues of St. ohn the Baptist and St. Helena next to the altar of the Madonna Chapel.
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  • A place that will catch you and brings you back to the past. Very well maintained and with free admission. Better equip themselves with suitable footwear considering the innumerable steps ahead
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  • Good but not great. A monument that remains outstanding if life is favored by good weather ... A church without being pretentious. A remarkable altar
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  • Gibilmanna sanctuary is a sanctuary dedicated to our Lady of Dzhibilmanskoj, one of the most popular places of pilgrimage. Incredible beauty, honestly, when you stand next to such masterpieces, you feel either in the ocean, at least. And that's just in Sicily, the faces of such creations, manifested most famous Stendhal Syndrome. Come and catch it yourself)
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  • Impressive Church an the view from there was great. Don't miss the place if you are in the neighborhood.
  • Peace, tranquility and a wonderful view. from the sanctuary you can admire much of Palermo being 800 metres above sea level. If you continue to climb the view definitely improves because of the Madonie. The Church visited on weekdays is quiet and there is virtually none, formerly a Benedictine monastery. Makes the visit in spring or summer.
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  • To repeat often!
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  • Sanctuary surrounded by greenery, silence, respect and peace, a place of worship with a breathtaking view, adjacent to the Museum, a gadget store and a bar restaurant. By calling, you can eat even inside the sanctuary. Worth visiting. Relaxing and spiritually fulfilling.
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  • Silent place suitable for moments of soul searching and for its artistic beauty and its panoramic position
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