Santuario di San Michele Arcangelo, Monte Sant'Angelo

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An underground church and sanctuary set in an old fortress, Santuario di San Michele Arcangelo still operates today. The sanctuary itself is inside a cave: church members will remind you to explore quietly. The hall is decorated with objects and artwork devoted to Saint Michael. Be careful when climbing the steps leading to the church, as they can be a bit rocky and difficult to navigate. If you want to attend a service, check online for the church’s schedule. Our Monte Sant'Angelo trip builder makes visiting Santuario di San Michele Arcangelo and other Monte Sant'Angelo attractions simple, and helps you make a travel plan personal to you.
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  • Mystical atmosphere. Beautiful environment, altar of the holy place in a natural cave. Beautiful also the cave after placed the confessionals. Only dissonance, a very slow lift, view the influx of pilgrims.
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  • They say more than what has been written. Go to mass in the morning (7.30 or 8) is preferred as less crowded and no one checks on clothing. Better in July. Visit the Museum. Hello
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  • It is located in the province of Foggia, in Monte Sant'Angelo, a country on a Summit at nearly 800 meters of altitude, over the Gulf of Manfredonia. According to tradition, the sanctuary was founded in 490, year of first appearance of Archangel Michael in a cave on the Gargano. Soon became the main centre of worship of the Archangel of the entire West. Underwent several renovations to facilitate access to the cave of first appearance and to shelter the homeless in transit on this variant of the Via Francigena which led into the Holy land. The current structure of the sanctuary is constituted by an upper level and a lower one. On the upper level there are the Romanesque portal and belfry, also called Angevin Tower as built by Charles of Anjou as a thank you to St. Michael for the conquest of southern Italy. The lower level includes the grotto, which is accessed directly from the Angevin, Museum staircase devotional and Crypts. In the cave is a statue made of Carrara marble by Andrea Sansovino (1507) representing the Archangel Michael with a sword symbolizing power over evil that comes from God. The place itself is extremely beautiful, evocative and deeply spiritual, but the atmosphere of magical mysticism is annoyingly DESECRATED by intensive and exaggerated commercial speculation present within the structure, like what is happening out in every corner of the village. It sells anywhere the usual tourist bric-a-BRAC listless ninny. In addition you pay for everything from elevator to the toilet! "Out the merchants from the Temple!" May Thunder Jesus himself.
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  • Very solemn place with a nice ambiance. Lots of insight into the history of the town and it's devotion to the Archangel Michael
  • Lovely shrine to visit. The rector took us into the lower part of the cave where the first chapel was.
  • A personal and amazing experience for myself and my family. Worth the hair raising drive up the mountain.
  • The cave was the first chapel that existed
  • Wonderful place

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