Si Trova: vicino Brucoli
Lat: 37° 17' 23.34368" N - Long: 15° 10' 34.83703" E
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The first historical information about this enchanting place dates back to 253 aC, in time of persecution against Christians.
It was founded by a Christian named Publio da Trotilo, in one of the numerous caves called "Greek caves", inhabited since prehistoric times and later by the Greeks.
In these caves some Christians from Leontini found refuge.
The Sanctuary consists of a cave on the bottom of which is the fresco of the Madonna of Adonai.
Alessandro, prime minister of the tyrant of Lentini, was converted in this cave after the martyrdom of the three brothers Alfio, Cirino and Filadelfo.
In the fourth century the cave fell into neglect and its traces were lost.
Between 1500 and 1600 it seems that a shepherd rediscovered it, after having freed an ox that fell into a hole, attracted by the light that came from that hole, he saw the image of the Madonna and Child.
The place became a pilgrimage destination and after a few years a hermitage was built where a very small monastic community lived, which existed until 1950, when the last friar died.
This place of peace remained abandoned and fell prey to vandals who devastated it and stole everything.
In the 1970s the Sanctuary was given on loan to an ecclesiastical community in Catania, under the guidance of Father A.I.Santangelo, who with great efforts and with the help of volunteers re-evaluated the hermitage.
Subsequently it was entrusted to the Diocesan Catholic Action of Syracuse which, discouraged by vandalism left it.
It is currently entrusted to the Brucoli Parish and is rising again.
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