Hermitage of Madonna dell'Altare

Add to Bucket ListAdded!

Quick Summary

  • Check Me Please
Take me there!


Eremo della Madonna dell'Altare (Italian for Hermitage of Madonna dell'Altare) is an hermitage located in Palena, Province of Chieti (Abruzzo, Italy).


Part of Palanese folk history is a story regarding Palena's patron saint, San Falco, or Falco di Palena, who died here, and was found surrounded by candles, three days after a bell was heard ringing in the town below. It took three days to reach him because of the snow. During the annual festival of Ferragosto, the town organizes a hike up to the church, where they roast a pig. It is considered the most important and sacred of the churches in Palena. This history is totally wrong. My mother was born there in 1930. San Falco died on Monte Coccia in a modest hermitage constructed for him. In the 13th century Pietro Angelerio, the future Pope Celestine V, was a hermit in a cave in the Maiella area for 3 years. The Hermitage of Madonna dell'Altare was built in the 14th century by the Celestines next to this cave.


This dGuide uses material from the Wikipedia,
released under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share-Alike License 3.0.


Overall Rating
Please comment your rating:

Please log in to rate this dGuide!