Acquapendente

Acquapendente

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When the medieval pilgrims arrived in Acquapendente, they visited the Basilica  del Santo Sepulcro and there I discovered the Via Francigena sign.

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Basilica  del Santo Sepulcro

During the Middle Ages, the original church was a popular destination for pilgrims, especially cripples, seeking miraculous cures.  According to tradition, the church was founded by Queen Matilide of Westphalia (895-968). The Queen, headquartered in Rome, and her caravan of gold-laden mules set out for Acquapendente to build a sanctuary dedicated to the Holy Sepulcher.  It was made a cathedral in 1649.

Next Stop:  Bolsena

 

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