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Palermo July 15, 2010 - 386° Festino di Santa Rosalia

 

In 1624, a horrible plague haunted Palermo, and during this hardship St Rosalia appeared first to a sick woman, then to a hunter to whom she indicated where her remains were to be found. She ordered him to bring her bones to Palermo and have them carried in procession through the city.

 

The hunter climbed the mountain and found her bones in the cave as described. He did what she had asked in the apparition, and after the procession the plague ceased. After this St Rosalia would be venerated as the patron saint of Palermo, and a sanctuary was built in the cave where her remains were discovered.

 

The celebration, called the "Festino", is still held each year on July 15. (from Wikipedia)

 

Nikon D70 - Nikkor 35-70mm f/2.8

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Taken on July 15, 2010