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Santuario della Madonna dell'Elcina - Abbateggio (PE)

The Sanctuary of the Madonna dell' Elcina is located on a rocky hill, a short distance from the old town centre. The local stone church, in its present form, is recently built but of ancient foundation and has a remarkable historical, artistic and religious value for the whole valley.
Tradition has it that one day two silent shepherds of Abbateggio, grazing the sheep on the Hill of the Elcina, saw on a tree of elce (chok) a Lady and, at the foot of the tree, a painting that represented the Madonna sitting on a tree with the Child Jesus in her arms. The Lady told the little shepherds to desire a Church on that hill, repeating the same request three times. The church, rebuilt in 1927 on the ancient building, has a facade in blocks of stone with a portal closed by artistic stained-glass windows with wrought-iron motif restored. The perimeter walls are of medieval origin. The three-aisled interior has neoclassical characters; altars, niches and statues are leaning against the side walls. On the main altar there is a statue of the Madonna in painted terracotta painted (work of the fifteenth century); under the altar there is a trunk of elce that is remembered as the rest of the ancient tree on which the Virgin appeared.

To learn more: http://www.comune.abbateggio.pe.it/Cosa-visitare.htm

Via Madonna dell'Elcina, 12, 65020 Abbateggio (PE)

085 8574223 (Municipio)

42.2251316, 14.0099748

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