Basilica Santuario di Maria SS. del Suffragio, Grotte di Castro

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  • Going up to the country from Lake Bolsena you can't help but notice the massive amount of this Church (which for some time you can also boast the title of basilica minor) that since the end of the historic center dominates the Valley and the remaining homes as a fortress. The Church is dedicated to the mother of Christ and his forerunner (St. John the Baptist), as stated in the inscription on the lintel of the main door of the building. The origins of the primitive Church predate the year 1000 but its present appearance, the architect Girolamo Rainaldi, dates back to 1625, when it was decided to build a more worthy dwelling to house the miraculous wooden statue of the Madonna that the Friar Cappuccino Angel from Ronciglione had brought here in 1616. And to build substantial funds raised were used by pilgrims who came from all parts after they spread the news of the miracles performed by our Lady of Caves (so as to be also called our Lady of miracles), primarily the one accomplished right upon arriving in the country, when the large crowd that thronged the street to witness the passage of small statue, the cliff gave way and many people fell under, but no one died. The façade is overall simple and straightforward but makes its effect when it appears at the bottom of the steps coming from the alleys of the old town (the Church is located at the very end of the town, facing the side of the cliff: but enjoy the walk to get up to here, including panoramas and alleys). The Latin cross interior is superb in its Baroque splendour: considerable glory in the apse which houses the sacred statue of the Madonna, the choir opposite the façade, the decoration of the presbytery and apse, oratoriod el SS. Sacred sacrament (left as you enter or access from the left transept), the richness of the side altars that often contain valuable paintings, like a crucifixion attributed to the school of Guido Reni (left transept). The miraculous statue of the Madonna is normally covered by a precious drape and exposed only on special occasions, like the days of the festivities of the liturgical year dedicated to the mother of Jesus; every 10 years, however, when it is solemnly celebrated every Sunday in September of that year, is exposed to the faithful and this year, the ten-year 2018, the. Take the opportunity then and benite here on Sunday or, Alternatively, try Mr. Peppe, an older gentleman who takes care to visit the dungeons that lie beneath the floor of the Church and who will, as he did with me, to admire the statue of Madonna. If the Church is beautiful, the dungeons are not to be missed: a maze of rooms and small rooms (over 20) that in multiple layers extend under the floor of the Church and the sacristy (which has access to the underground) to the ground of the 8th century and in the past used as a cemetery, up basically to 1870. In these premises there is an interesting Museum with sacred vestments (some of the ' 600), chalices, reliquaries, votive offerings, ancient documents (including a bull of Pius II Piccolomini of 1462), candlesticks, sculptures, medieval frescoes and even a mummy. And then the 2-century wooden busts of s. Flavio: that and the 1932 in solid silver. But especially guard by Mr. Peppe, a priceless person, as you don't find more nowadays, shocking and a boundless humanity classical culture in addition to memory from Pico della Mirandola. But I warn you: Guard to reserve to visit several hours; I wasn't prepared for this meeting I had to, to other commitments already programmed, greet my host after about 2 hours with mutual displeasure: Mr. Peppe resented their "rushed", in which he had omitted many things I wanted to say and explain, and I'm sorry to have to move away from a good person and gentle as little able to marvel at a rare historical information and issuing a anecdote, verses of Trilussa or maybe stalkers of Foscolo.
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  • You are driven by a feeling of peace, faith and embrace. A beautiful Basilica with a Marian tradition driven by the faith of the people of Grotte di Castro
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  • The Basilica Santuario Maria SS. del Suffragio was built in 1625 on a former church dedicated to Saint John the Baptist from the 8th-10th century. In 1616, while he was parish priest Don Ascanio Salci, came to preach in the caves the Capuchin Father Angelo from Ronciglione. Tenacious diffuser of Marian devotion and humble friar, sent from Rome in Grotte di Castro a wooden statue of the Madonna (anonymous) from via del Lago, which connected the country to Bolsena. So much was the crush of people who moved to accept that many fell from the cliff quite unstable but, miraculously, no one was hurt. This miracle and the many others that followed attracted pilgrims from all over, so much so that our Lady was called our Lady of miracles. Given the continuous flow of visitors not only was appointed a chaplain in charge of taking care of hospitality, to celebrate masses and singing every day the litanies, but with offers collected it was thought even to erect a new temple more stylish and sumptuous to the existing one. For involvement of the cardinal protector Odoardo Farnese, a so important task was given to the architect Girolamo Rinaldi and the factory started in 1625, was completed with the ovoid dome built by Andrea Sahgal in 1672. On 12 October 1698. Marco Antonio Barbarigo, Bishop of Montefiascone and Corneto, consecrated the sacred edifice in honor of Mary of suffrage and of St John the Baptist. The wooden statue of our Lady of suffrage, protector of the people grottano, is kept covered with a white face, and discovery and celebrated on 18 September each year. Is placed in a niche on a rich Baroque altar with Golden angels that support. Interesting to visit the cellars, already a burial site.
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  • Is a spectacular Baroque building dating from 1625 when he went to replace a previous Christian church dedicated to Saint John on the altar of which the preacher cappuccino Friar Angelo from Ronciglione did lay in 1616 a statue in polychrome wood depicting the Madonna. The statue was welcomed by the people of caves with great enthusiasm and immediately surrounded by particular devotion because believed to be miraculous. The old church of Saint John proved so inadequate to accommodate the pilgrims who came from everywhere and was then replaced by the current sanctuary where we celebrate--every ten years-a solemn Feast in honour of the coronation of the statue in 1728.
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