Santa Caterina del Sasso Hermitage

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    © Angela M. Lobefaro - Explore - Frontpage -

    taken on Lago Maggiore, Piedmont - Lombardy Italy

    A legend tells that in 1170 a rich merchant, Alberto (Besozzi family - Arolo), while he was sailing with his boat on the lake, a storm breaks over him. He trusted in S. Caterina (Alessandria) and decided to do penance if he survived the storm; so he avoid dead and once landed, he went to live alone in the place where now is the monastery. In 1195 Alberto stroke against the plague that hit the surroundings and, following the revelation of the angel, he made the "sacello" to be build like the one hosting the remains of S. Caterina on the Sinai. In 1205 when he died his corpse was buried in the chapel near S. Caterina.
    The monastery was built after the miracle, so the supernatural help continued to draw his life. When in 600 some stones fell on Alberto's grave, destiny wanted them to stop a few cm from the soil and made them to pose quietly on the land years later. This event contributed to associate definitively the pray zone with the miracle. Since 1379, it was the territory of hermits, in 1670 belonged to the Carmelite friars and afterwards in the 2nd half of 1700 was cancelled. The province of Varese bought and financed long restorations, ended in 1986. Its structure was entitled to some Dominicans friars.


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    1. Cher12861 65 months ago | reply

      Gorgeous view and capture!

    2. NatashaP 65 months ago | reply

      Wonderful capture!

      Happy Friday :)))

    3. DanielKHC 65 months ago | reply

      An incredible place, should certainly be on my 'to shoot' list!

    4. Miguelángel 65 months ago | reply

      Una maravilla de fotografía.

    5. stefano_durdy 65 months ago | reply

      ottimo punto di vista x S.Caterina
      ci sono stato molte volte ma dal lago non l'ho mai vista
      complimenti !!

    6. Max Hendel 65 months ago | reply

      Wonderful !!!

    7. marika_te 65 months ago | reply

      Grandiose view!

    8. Johny Day 65 months ago | reply

      Incredible place , and all of your photos are superbe , I just don't have enough time to comment

      Ciao Amica xoxoxo


    9. cureanything 65 months ago | reply

      What a pretty place!

      Seen in the Weekend Showcase at
      The World Through My Eyes

    10. tygerlyl 65 months ago | reply

      Absolutely gorgeous! This image is perfect.
      What a good cause to spend your time doing :-)

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    12. Dimit®i 62 months ago | reply

      Hi, I'm an admin for a group called Finest of... Lago Maggiore, and we'd love to have this added to the group!

    13. @petra 44 months ago | reply

      you visit so wonderful places, Angela.

      big weekend hug!! :))

      Seen at In Fine Style

    14. plitch 44 months ago | reply

      This amazing image really is In Fine Style
      and this serves as an invitation to

      In Fine Style

      Please tag your image with "infinestyle"

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