Population: 14.120 inhabitants
Altitude: m. 843 s.l.m.
Area: 87,350 kmq
Postal Code: 71037
It is the highest municipality of the from above its height of 843 metres. Monte Sant'Angelo: there is a wonderful view of Tavoliere and the Golf of Manfredonia. AGoing through the Umbra Forest or travelling along the coast for Mattinata, this town brings you to a place in time much loved and appreciated by Frederick II of Swabia and still today a place for many pilgrimages by the faithful that have been gathering for years in the silence of their faith.
It is the centre more loaded with history and tradition and owes its development to the end of the fifth century, when, according to the tradition, the Archangel Michael appeared in a cave. The Longobardiâ??s, who dominated southern Italy in that period, made it their national sanctuary. In short, it became renowned in all Christianity and a fixed destination, not only for the European pilgrams, but also for the crusaders departing for Jerusalem, for popes and sovereigns.
The Sanctuary is accessed by going down a long and wide flight of stairs. The doors at the entrance are in bronze and were made in Costantinopoli in 1076, on behalf of the nobleman Pantaleone of Amalfi. The altars and the images that adorn them, are carved into the very rock of the cave. Instead on the central alter, the beautiful white marbel statue of Andrea Sansovino towers over it and on the rectory, the episcopal chair is carved on stone from the XII century.
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