Si Trova: tra Vizzini e Monterosso Almo
Lat: 37° 6' 44.60811" N - Long: 14° 45' 24.08643" E
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Hills between Vizzini and Monterosso Almo have an enchanting archaeological site consisting of a series of caves dug by man and inhabited in late antiquity and in the Byzantine era.
At first the caves were used as a burial place, then, around the 6th century AD, they housed a small monastery.
The monks modified one of the caves, creating a church that was later decorated with splendid frescoes dating back to between the 11th and 12th centuries AD.
Restored in 2009, the frescoes have restored wonderful colors; the fresco reproduces Christ on the cross with the Madonna and San Giovanni at his feet; a little below, with smaller dimensions, there is Longinus in the act of piercing the side of Jesus; above, the sun and the moon are represented.
The whole area was used as a necropolis, and some tombs also have an interesting canopy or arcosolium shape.
The tombs were covered with stone slabs no longer present today.
On the walls there are lunettes for the skylights.
Near the aforementioned caves there are also other rock settlements called "dieri", used in ancient times as dwellings.
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