Si Trova: in territorio di Misterbianco, nei pressi di Poggio Lupo
Lat: 37° 32' 24.42089" N - Long: 15° 1' 51.73063" E
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It seems that Campanarazzu dates back to the 1300s.
The name "Campanarazzu" refers to a bell that survived the lava flow that surrounded and destroyed the ancient Misterbianco on 11 March 1669.
After abandoning the site of the disaster, the population decided to rebuild the town further downstream.
Campanarazzu is today an archaeological site, probably the first in the world, excavated beneath a lava eruption formed by very hard basalt.
Excavations have allowed to find the well preserved church: the action of the lava was fortunately more that of coverage than of destruction.
The entire main nave, the central and side altars, the remains of a fresco, the baptistery, the beautiful side door and the main entrance have been brought to light.
The floor, mostly in terracotta, was protected from the fall of the roof to which lava poured.
The oldest part of the building of worship, the Gothic chapel, which was probably the first embryo of the ancient church, probably dating back to 1200, with a blue and white majolica floor has also been brought to light.
In the crypts below, mortal remains have been found that have been placed in boxes and placed in the same places where they were found.
In front of the main entrance of the church, the floor with the first steps made of strips of lava stone came to light.
Works are still active, so the archaeological site is not open to the public; it is possible, however, to take guided tours every last Saturday of the month, but also on any bookings for organized groups.
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