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Monte Sant'Angelo between hsitory and legend

“Between the end of the 5th Century and the begining of the 6th, for the series of marvellous events, in which Archangel Michele was protagonist, who flew across from the Levantine lands, there arose from the peak of the South of Gargano, a group of houses, that followed up towards the crest of the mountain,and signed the origin of a special village, characteristic for its mysticism and art. The houses were raised and stretched out around a cave that was the essential fulcrum, the reason of formation for the town, therefore around the typical Cave that the divine Araldo had designed as his place on Earth. For this reason this locality took the name of Mount Saint Angel, from City of the Archangel, and definitively Monte Sant’angelo”.

This is how the historian Ciro Angelillis, approximately 50 years ago, described the origin of the City of Monte Sant’Angelo at the begining of his Brief Guide.

The city, that is erected on a southern spur of the promontory of the Gargano, at 831 mts above sea level, among thousand-year old trees and a crystal clear sea, lies on a rock of calcareous nature, rich of cavities and caves, among which the most important is San Michele, that is now proposed to be registered on the list as World Heritage of Unesco.

Sacked by the Saracens in 869 and re-built by Ludovica 2nd in 871, in the second half of the 10th Century the Sacred Cave was already an unavoidable stop for the Crusaders directed towards the Holy Land, while around it, the town was slowly expanding, due to the need to create shelters, to assign to the increasing number of pilgrims, and these shelters were afterwards transformed into actual houses. From the antique urban nucleus, it’s noteworthy to mention the town walls. The walls from the 13th Century, still partially visible, have been preserved in fairly good conditions until the end of the 1700s when, the increase of the building density and the change of the social-economic conditions, determined the breaking point and overcoming of the original urban perimeter, with the construction, towards east, of districts that modified the antique city fabric.

One of these is Rione “Junno”, with its 1-floor houses, painted only with the white of lime, that are characteristicly lined in rows along the narrow and winding streets and can be noted also for their arched doors with a window on top. A great glance. The population was the designer and builder of these, they were naturally gifted of a vocation towards art, that will be perfectioned and handed down through the Centuries.

Not far away is the gigantic and irregular Norman Castle (with a further enlargement in the Swabian age) from which you can see from the Gargano to the Gulf of Manfredonia, to the Tavoliere and the Murge area.

Monte Sant’Angelo, Angevin bell tower Monte Sant’Angelo, the castle The inside of the famous cave of San Michele, candidate to be registered as Heritage of Unesco
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“Between the end of the 5th Century and the begining of the 6th, for the series of marvellous events, in which Archangel Michele was protagonist, who flew across from the Levantine lands, there arose from the peak of the South of Gargano, a group of houses, that followed up towards the crest of the mountain,and signed the origin of a special village, characteristic for its mysticism and art. The houses were raised and stretched out around a cave that was the essential fulcrum, the reason of formation for the town, therefore around the typical Cave that the divine Araldo had designed as his place on Earth. For this reason this locality took the name of Mount Saint Angel, from City of the Archangel, and definitively Monte Sant’angelo”.

This is how the historian Ciro Angelillis, approximately 50 years ago, described the origin of the City of Monte Sant’Angelo at the begining of his Brief Guide.

The city, that is erected on a southern spur of the promontory of the Gargano, at 831 mts above sea level, among thousand-year old trees and a crystal clear sea, lies on a rock of calcareous nature, rich of cavities and caves, among which the most important is San Michele, that is now proposed to be registered on the list as World Heritage of Unesco.

Sacked by the Saracens in 869 and re-built by Ludovica 2nd in 871, in the second half of the 10th Century the Sacred Cave was already an unavoidable stop for the Crusaders directed towards the Holy Land, while around it, the town was slowly expanding, due to the need to create shelters, to assign to the increasing number of pilgrims, and these shelters were afterwards transformed into actual houses. From the antique urban nucleus, it’s noteworthy to mention the town walls. The walls from the 13th Century, still partially visible, have been preserved in fairly good conditions until the end of the 1700s when, the increase of the building density and the change of the social-economic conditions, determined the breaking point and overcoming of the original urban perimeter, with the construction, towards east, of districts that modified the antique city fabric.

One of these is Rione “Junno”, with its 1-floor houses, painted only with the white of lime, that are characteristicly lined in rows along the narrow and winding streets and can be noted also for their arched doors with a window on top. A great glance. The population was the designer and builder of these, they were naturally gifted of a vocation towards art, that will be perfectioned and handed down through the Centuries.

Not far away is the gigantic and irregular Norman Castle (with a further enlargement in the Swabian age) from which you can see from the Gargano to the Gulf of Manfredonia, to the Tavoliere and the Murge area.

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friday 31 october 2014
 
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