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“Palermo's Holy Sanctuary” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Shrine of Santa Rosalia

Shrine of Santa Rosalia
Sicily, Italy
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Ranked #385 of 1,021 attractions in Sicily
Type: Caverns/ Caves, Religious Sites
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Owner description: Built in 1625, this imposing religious complex consists of a convent and the grotto-shrine where the remains of the Saint were said to be found.
London, United Kingdom
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“Palermo's Holy Sanctuary”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2009

The Sanctuary of Santa Rosalia was built in 1625. It is a church and a convent.
The facade of the seventeenth century leans against the rock. The church was derived from a cave, about 25 meters deep. The church consists of three arcades on spiral columns of alabaster, two altars in marble inlays, with a statue of St. Athanasius, a wooden cross and several tombstones. At the bottom of the cave, illuminated by spotlights there is an altar, clean and simple set in solid rock. Next to it stands a marble statue of the Immaculate Conception of the '700. A few meters from the entrance under a canopy there is an altar with the statue of Santa Rosalia lying "placed in a shrine a beautiful statue by Gregorio Germani of 1625, and subsequently covered by a sheet of gold donated by King Carlos III.
Entering the cave, immediately after crossing the gate, you have a strange feeling: a mixture of amazement and wonder.

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