Saint Michael the Archangel and his sanctuary in Italy
The word archangel has two roots: arch and angelos, where arch means ‘he who is above; to be superior ‘and angelos means messenger, angel. The name Miguel means ‘the one like God’, being Mi (That) – Kha (like) – El (God). Patron of marines, sailors, doctors and other professions that involve risks, such as police and firefighters. Saint Michael the Archangel has one of the most detailed stories of the Church and is known for being a warrior spirit, capable of meeting requests considered impossible. Shall we learn more about Saint Michael the Archangel and his sanctuary in Italy? Here at Your Travel to Italy with Ana Patriciayou make the trip of your dreams!!! ALSO: see our “Accommodation in Italy – Tips for your holidays!”
1) Saint Michael the Archangel and his sanctuary in Italy – VISIT HIS CAVE
The cave where the archangel appeared is nowadays a sanctuary full of believers and possibly one of the only ones that was not consecrated by human hands. The structure has 89 steps (also has an elevator) and, going down, you can see various inscriptions and symbols on the walls. The bronze doors were made in 1076, in Constantinople, and depict biblical scenes. The floor is all covered with marble and the cave accommodates around 80 worshipers in its benches. On the altar there is a beautiful image of Saint Michael, with his arm raised, wielding a sword, and a crucifix. Below the image is a stone with a child’s footprint that is said to be from St Michael.
2) Saint Michael the Archangel and his sanctuary in Italy – VISIT THE MUSEUM
Below the Sanctuary is a museum with various Byzantine and Longobard objects from past centuries. The cave is considered one of the most beautiful in the world and is the only one in Italy.
3) Saint Michael the Archangel and his sanctuary in Italy – UNDERSTAND THE SACRED LINE OF SAINT MICHAEL
A curiosity is the ‘straight line’ that ‘unites’ seven shrines dedicated to Saint Michael. Known as the Sacred Line of Saint Michael, it passes through seven countries and, looking at the map, the precision of the line is amazing! This line is said to be the ‘mark’ of the sword stroke that the Archangel delivered to the devil to send him back to hell after the battle in heaven between the faithful and rebellious angels who, led by Lucifer, had revolted against God. In addition, it is perfectly aligned with the sunset on the summer solstice in the northern hemisphere and passes through Ireland, England, France, Italy, Greece and Israel.
4) Saint Michael the Archangel and his sanctuary in Italy – VISIT THE CASTLE
There is also a Castle to visit in the city, with an impressive tower of 18 meters in height; the ‘mansioni’ of the 9th century, which are in the Junno neighborhood and were created to house pilgrims during their stays. Today, it is where stores and other commercial establishments are located, the Church of Santa Maria Maggiore (“St Mary Major”) and the Baptistery of St John, which together form the monumental complex of San Pietro.
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How to get to the sanctuary of Saint Michael the Archangel?
The Sanctuary is located at Via Reale Basílica, 127, Mount Sant’Angelo, in the province of Foggia, Apulia. If you are in Puglia or Apulia, a direct bus leaves from Foggia or Manfredonia. For more information visit the website of the bus company that makes the trip. LEARN MORE ABOUT PUGLIA BY CLICKING HERE!
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Saint Michael the Archangel and its sanctuary in Italy – A stronghold of peace and pilgrimage, the Sanctuary of Saint Michael the Archangel is worth a visit. And if you feel insecure or have no time, and need help to organize your trip, do not hesitate to look for me! I will love to help you make your dream trip to Italy. And how can I do that? Continue reading this post until the end and you will understand how can we make your life and journey easier.
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