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Sanctuary of San Michele Arcangelo, Monte Sant’Angelo, Gargano, Italy

The Sanctuary of San Michele Arcangelo has been created in the cave where, in 490 A.D. the apparition of San Michele Arcangelo came to a shepherd.

From 650 A.D., the area fell under the dominion of the Lombards and became the main worship centre of the West, as the Lombards were particularly devoted to the Archangel Michele.

This devotion was due to the martial virtues of the Archangel, which made him look like Odino, the Germanic God.

The Sanctuary of San Michele Arcangelo has become a pilgrimage favoured destination, both during the reign and after the fall of the Lombard kingdom. It has been visited, over the centuries, by millions of pilgrims, popes and sovereigns. 

The Sanctuary consists of a complex of buildings dating back to different historical periods, built around the natural cave where 4 apparitions of San Michele Arcangelo occurred.

Santuario S. Michele Arcangelo
Padri Micheliti
71037 Monte S.Angelo (FG),Italia
tel: +390884561150
fax: +390884568126
C.C.P. N. 00995712

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Taken: 24/10/2013
Uploaded: 19/11/2013


Tags: religion; churches; italia; cave; puglia
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