Sanctuary of Santa Maria della Stella, Pazzano

Hermit of Santa Maria della Stella or Sanctuary of Santa Maria della Stella is an Italian hermitage, sited in a natural cave at Pazzano on Monte Stella.
From Pazzano, along ex SS110, after 5 km take a fork on the left to peak of Monte Stella and after 1 km there is Monastery of Monte Stella and beside the cave. There are 62 steps before the entrance of the cave. There is a 16th-century statue of Madonna in marble and Byzantine frescos representing saints.
Its first mention was Greek code 598 of Paris. In the 11th century Byzantine monks lived in the sanctuary. Cristodulo was one of the first the Hegumen. In 1096, it become a minor monastery. In the Norman period it was converted to a Catholic monastery. In the 15th century, it become independent from San Giovanni Theristis monastery and Basilians abandoned the sanctuary.
The first pastor is supposed to have been Marcello Jhodarelli in 1670.
Every year, on the 15th of August it celebrates the assumption of Virgin Mary.
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  • Entering the small church in a cave was a touching experience. Read its history, even more so. the silence and the sense of peace that envelops the visitor of this place is indescribable in words.
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  • The mountain winding Road of sanctuary in a naturally shaped rock cave worth the time to get to the traffic after the season minimum silence and tranquility
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  • A lovely place. It Deserves to be visited by both believers and not. A small church inside a natural cave. There are picnic areas Nearby. Also Accessible from the coaches. Unfortunately for the disabled is a Bit difficult. In any case it remains an amazing place
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  • My experience was overall discreet. There are picnic spaces in the area. The parking is further down and it is difficult to get off and figure out where to park. The caves are very beautiful and collected. The descent to the caves is, however, a bit steep. A museum had also been reported on the sign, but it had been dismantled, according to those responsible. Too bad. A place to visit anyway.
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