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Cappella del Crocifisso, Gaeta

#6 of 6 in Historic Sites in Gaeta
Religious Site · Hidden Gem · Landmark
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  • On the left of the chapel of S. Filippo Neri, there are the stairs that lead to the chapel of the crucifix, before you get there, you can see three things quite peculiar: 1) A plaque written in Latin that recalls that the imprint above is that of a Turkish sailor who sceptical about what was said on that Rock (a) touched it and this in a miraculous way softened. (a) tradition indicates that the opening of the fissure occurred at the time of Christ's death on the cross, as indicated by the Bible passage of verse 51 of chapter 27 of the Gospel of Matthew: «And behold the Veil of the Temple (of Jerusalem) tore in two from top to Bottom, the earth shook, the rocks broke...». 2) There is what is called the bed of St. Philip Neri, a couch on the stone, where the saint often withdrew after the long meditation in the nearby chapel. 3) There are also several engravings on the rock with the acronym JHS (J Jesus H Hominum S Salvator), dating back to the FIFTEENTH century where S. Bernardino lived, which spread this motto. Then we arrive at the chapel whose construction dates back to the FOURTEENTH century, which rests on a boulder, fallen from the top of the rock and stuck on the slit. Here it is present and is very venerated, a wooden crucifix of 1400, visited over the centuries by Saints, popes and illustrious personalities.
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