Santuario della Madonna del Monte Sacro di Novi Velia, Novi Velia

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  • Terrific place surrounded by green that dominates the Cilento from its 1700 m. An immense spirituality.
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  • We visited the shrine in the morning before going to the ruins of Pompeii, tips to pay it a visit.
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  • Most likely stood an ancient pagan religious temple, built by the enotrians in honor of their divinity, identified with Was on the very place where there is now the sanctuary. With good certainty the religious site was already known at the time of the Saracens: Gelbison, the name of the mountain derives from Gebel-el-son, which in Arabic means "mount of the Idol". It is believed that the building up of Christian shrine dates back to the 10th or 11TH century by Italian-Greek monks who at the time of the Lombards settled in different areas of Cilento. The first parchment attesting the existence of the sanctuary dates back to 1131 and is part of a diploma given by Roger II the Norman, the Abbot Leontios of St. Mary in Grottaferrata. Afterwards the site was expanded and became a Christian sanctuary, the building consists of three naves divided by stone columns and vaulted ceilings and richly decorated with the fresco technique. In the chancel there are some beautiful statues including one of the Virgin which is represented sitting with the baby on the left arm and with his right in the Act of distributing divine favours. The statue of the Virgin has the oblong Brown face, eyes to Greek and a slim figure that seem to echo the Byzantine iconography imported into Italy by quoted monks. Beyond the Church, further enlarged in 1908, are part of the religious complex of the chapel of St. Bartholomew, the convent, guesthouse and other small civil and religious buildings.
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