Si Trova: nell'area archeologica di Leontinoi; Lentini
Lat: 37° 16' 39.62705" N - Long: 15° 0' 27.51068" E
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Inside this cave in the Norman age a church was built which is still today one of the most important rock churches in Sicily thanks to the richness of its iconographic content.
Over the centuries the church has undergone several changes.
You enter a large room with a dividing wall, in which there is the apse with Christ Pantocrator.
The original entrance has been transformed into a window.
The nave was preceded by a short ambulatory in which there was a basin carved into the rock, which contained the holy water stoup.
On the sides there are other rooms, one of which was used as an ossuary.
Below this room, through a grate, you can see a crypt.
The frescoes has been dated between the 12th and 17th centuries.
Among the very ancient iconographies, the representations of St Chiara, St Caterina da Siena, a beautiful Madonna with Child, a Madonna on the throne and St John the Baptist are particularly interesting.
A scene of the deposition of Christ from this cave can be admired in the Regional Archaeological Museum of Lentini.
The frescoes have recently been restored, and the church is made accessible thanks to the FAI volunteers on Saturdays and Sundays from 10:00 to 12:00 and from 16:00 to 18:00.
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