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CHURCH AND GROTTO OF SAN MICHELE MINERVINO MURGE
anno 1000
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contrada grotta san michele - Minervino Murge (Bat)
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Located at the foot of Minervino, in a valley found at the end of a natural channel that once was a small river called “Matitani", the grotto of San Michele is a karstic cavern whose formation dates back to the Quaternary period (2 million years ago), a time when this area, which until that point had remained submerged, started rising above sea level.
The first written testimony regarding this grotto are found in a parchment kept in the Montecassino Abbey, and dated February 12 of the year 1000.
Most probably the grotto was already known and frequented before that, perhaps since Paleo-Christian times. 
As an ancient place to worship Saint Michael, the Grotto is of valuable historic, artistic and speleological interest.
Tradition has two dates to celebrate Saint Michael: September 29, with a feast dedicated by a Romanesque basilica to the cult of the Saint, and May 8, the feast to commemorate the apparition of the Archangel on Gargano.
 
  EXCURSIONS, THE AREA AND ITS HISTORY
Itinerary of flavours on the Roads of Wine and Oil
Food and Wine Tour

The prehistoric archaeology of the landscape
Archaeological Excursion

The Murge
Naturalistic Excursion

 
  RECOMMENDED DURATION:  
  45 Minutes   
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€ 1,50 Standard ticket



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