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Santuario di Santa Rosalia, Palermo

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Open Hours: Mo to Su from 07:00 AM to 08:00 PM
The Santa Rosalia Sanctuary is located 430m above sea level, at the top of some steps that were cut out of the rock. Built in 1625, it houses a church and a convent. The church is quite small, not more than 10m long, and goes 25m deep into the cave. This is probably where they found the relic of the "Santuzza" - or "little saint", the short name given to Santa Rosalia dai Palermitani. Upon entering the cave through an iron gate you feel a bit intimidated. At the back of the cave a simple yet impressive altar can be found, illuminated by some moveable lights. Behind the altar, carved in the rock, there is a marble statue of the Virgin Inmaculate dating from the 18th century. On the left, inside a little hole made on the stonewall, a marble figure represents the saint's head. A very moving visit.