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Si Trova: presso Blufi
Lat: 37° 44' 40.05117" N - Long: 14° 3' 54.66243" E

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On the slopes of the Madonie stands this enchanting eighteenth-century sanctuary.

Really it has its roots much further back in time, since the twelfth century.

The bell bears the date 1135.

The church is not very large, but it has valuable stuccos and works of art inside.

It probably owes its name to the nearby spring from which flows a mineral oil, called "Madonna's Oil", which has been used to treat some skin diseases.

Legend tells that this oil was once edible, but having been drawn from it more than it should, it transformed into the current combustible liquid.

From the point of view of scientists it is a common mineral oil, a hydrocarbon that flows from the earth from a modest deposit, made up of gasoline, petroleum and sulphurates mixed with sulfur; for devotees it is that miraculous ointment which for centuries has cured their diseases, so that the source of the "holy oil" continues today to be a continual destination for pilgrimages even from abroad.

The oil flows mostly in the spring period, in the month of April, and the niche from which it comes out is continually blackened by the grease.

In the nineteenth century the source, which was previously closest to the church, ran out, and began to flow a little further away, in its current location about three hundred meters from the church.

A few steps from the sanctuary there is a field of spontaneous red tulips that every spring with their flowering fill the place with magic.


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