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  Santuario del granato  
  Santuario del granato

The Sanctuary was built during the 12th century and even today a lot of pilgrims from all over the Campania  Region come to visit it.

The cathedral is divided into 3 naves, there is an altar which has a mosaic floor referred to the "Cosmatesca" school, a pulpit , under which, a fresco which dates back to the 1400's portraying St. Biagio and his miracles is kept.. Inside there is a statue which represents the Madonna of the Pomegranate, a pulpit, a headstone where various symbols of Christianity are engraved. . In this sacred place every year (on 15th of August) the feast in honour of the "Madonna del Granato" is celebrated. The faithful offer to the Madonna a lot of fruits and flowers, and pilgrims from all over Cilento come to visit the Sanctuary.

The Church is settled beside the walls which at that time contained the city of "Caputaquis", that was the diocese's seat and an important city in the large area which extends from the Sele to  Cilento.
Since the 9th century a.d., when the Paestum's inhabitants moved to the hill nearby to avoid the Saracens incursions, the Cathedral had represented a religious and historical reference point, for that people who have alternated through the centuries, and until today, inherited that values and that cults which have characterized that religious sentiment, which has its origins in the old iconography representing the Mediterranean Mother Goddess.
The first Christians adopted this symbol as a sacred archeotype of the actual statue of the Virgin. The impressive monument is placed on the mountain in a prevailing position, and from here it is possible to admire a wonderful  breathtaking view: besides the Tyrrenian Sea, Capri and the Amalfi Coast, the whole plain which extends from the Sele plain to the cape of Agropoli.

 
 
   
 
 
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