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Religious Itinerary: n°1

St Onofrio on Mount Morrone and Sanctuary of Hercules Curino
Saint Venanzio's Hermitage
Cathedral of St Panfilo    


(Eremo di Sant'Onofrio - Abruzzo)
Badia, 650 mt


(Sito Archeologico Ercole Curino - Abruzzo)
Badia, 650 mt


(The Crypt of St Panfilo - Abruzzo)
Sulmona, 400 mt


(Eremo di San Venanzio - Abruzzo)
Raiano, 400 mt
This religious itinerary includes the visit to the Cathedral of St.Panfilo, to Celestino V's Hermitage and to the Sanctuary of Hercules Curino in Sulmona and to Saint Venanzio's Hermitage in Raiano.

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Saint Onofrio Hermitage
St Onofrio on Mount Morrone: That is the hermitage where five ambassadors of the Conclave announced to the hermit Pietro his election as Pope Celestine V on 5 July 1294. In the same place it took place Celestine's decline, as two months after his refusal the soldiers took him away from his hermitage and locked him up until his death into the Tower of the Castle of Fumone. It is said his soul went and see St Onofrio Hermitage on Mount Morrone again before entering heaven.
Also it is said he appeared to his dear follower, Roberto from Salle, a friar who lived with Pietro in the hermitage.
It was 19 May 1296 A.C.
On St Onofrio Hermitage lies a small church, an ideal place for spiritual retreats. You can have a wonderful view of the whole Peligna Valley from there.
Badia, 650 mt.

The Sanctuary of Hercules Curino
L'AQUILA - In 1254 the inhabitants of the popular 99 castles were reunited by Conrad IV thanks to an executive diploma issued by Frederic II from Swabia: it stated the construction of the city, which was probably named after the village Acculi.
The remains of the Roman Sanctuary dating back to the I century B.C. and dedicated to Hercules Curino are at the foot of Mount Morrone, not very far from Badia Morronese, founded by Celestine V.
Badia, 650 mt.

The Cathedral of St Panfilo (the Crypt in photo)
The wonderful Cathedral of St Panfilo, the Patron Saint of Sulmona, is one of the most beautiful churches in the city. The former medieval building was built and restored several times throughout the ages: today it is a mixture of romanesque-gothic and baroque art. The main portal, dating back to the XIV century, is Gothic and it shows in the lunetta a fresco by Leonardo from Teramo.
Inside the Cathedral a romanesque double colonnade stands as it was in the past; in the right nave you can see a XIII-century wooden Crucifix. In the XI-century crypt visitors can admire a beautiful XII-century basrelief (Madonna with Holy Child) and a XV-century silver bust of St Panfilo.
Sulmona, 400 mt.

Saint Venanzio's Hermitage in Raiano
The surrounding unpolluted environment makes the hermitage, set among rock faces, even more attracting.
The fifteenth-century hermitage is founded on a system of arches anchored to the rocks just where the gorges get narrower.
The hermitage is made up of an upper level, where the church and the hermit's cells lie, and a lower level, where you can visit the loggia suspended on the river Aterno and the Chapel of the seven Marie.
Raiano, 400 mt.

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