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Sicily: Palermo and the miracle of Santa Rosalia

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b2ap3_thumbnail_IMG_4627.JPG Hello my friends! Welcome to My Own Italy to discover Italy with my personal touch!

Our travel today is to Sicily Island, in the the south of Italy: we are going to vist the Sanctuary of Santa Rosalia in Palermo. 

We'll get there starting from the city and pointing directly at the Mount Pellegrino.

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 The Mount Pellegrino rises up to 600 meters above the sea level. Goethe described it as "the most beautiful promontory in the world".  Mount Pellegrino has always been a characteristic feature of the city of Palermo.

  The name "Pilgrim" probably derives from the name that the Arabs gave to the mountain, Gebel Grin, which means "The near Mountain".

b2ap3_thumbnail_IMG_4649.JPG The Mount is very important not only from the archaeological point of view, having been inhabited since prehistoric times, but especially for having housed in one of its caves, the patron saint of Palermo, Santa Rosalia, who moved there as a hermit when she was still a young girl.

 

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Rosalia, daughter of the Duke of Sinibaldo Quisquina delle Rose, nephew mother's side of King Roger of Hauteville, grew up in the twelfth century at the court of his uncle, in Palermo. She was so beautiful and aroused much interest.
After the death of the King she asked and was allowed to live as a hermit in a cave on Mount Quisquina, and later she moved into a cave on Mount Pellegrino, where she remained until her death.

 b2ap3_thumbnail_IMG_4646.JPG Her cult is linked to a particular event happened in Palermo during an epidemic of plague: in fact, in 1624, in spite of the endless prayers and processions of citizenship, the four co-patron saints of the city - Santa Cristina, Santa Ninfa, Santa Oliva and St. Agatha - were not able to stop the scourge. The miracle, however, was attributed to the relics of Santa Rosalia, which, taken in procession, prevented form the further spread of the epidemic.

b2ap3_thumbnail_IMG_4648.JPG According to historical fact, Vincenzo Bonelli, a craftsman who had lost his wife for the plague, went up on Mount Pellegrino for a walk: there was a storm and he got lost; but he saw a vision of Rosalia who asked him to tell the bishop that the bones found shortly before by a hunter, in the cave where she had lived as a hermit, were her: if they had been carried in solemn procession along the streets of the city, the plague would be disappeared.
So, the mortal remains of Santa Rosalia were bagged, including flowers, candles and singing, and transported through the streets of the city: they made ​​the miracle!

 b2ap3_thumbnail_IMG_4620.JPG The Sanctuary, located at 455 meters above sea level, is a whole with the cave where the bones of Santa Rosalia ("Santuzza") were found.
The seventeenth-century facade of the sanctuary is against the rocks; you enter a vestibule with three arches resting on twisted columns where there are two marble altars. The walls of the cave (25 meters deep), where the saint prayed, exude water - miraculous! - which is collected by gargoyles.

It 's really a unique experience for your holiday, a must-see destination!

Leisure me, this is my tourism!

 

 

 

 

 

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