San Michele Shrine in Monte Sant’Angelo, Puglia

Archangel Michael Pilgrimage Sanctuary and Church in a Cave

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San Michele Pilgrimage Shrine consists of the original Sanctuary of the Archangel Michael and the crypt and devotional museum. It’s easy to find the shrine as the octagonal bell tower, built in the 13th century, rises above the town.

From the small square by the bell tower, pilgrims and tourists pass through the Gothic arches to an information booth and ticket office for the crypt. Descending the long stone staircase constructed in the 13th century (or elevator for the disabled), visitors arrive in the nave with frescoes and murals and a small book shop. On the Bronze doors, made in 1076 in Constantinople, are 24 panels depicting Bible scenes. The doors lead to the cave of Saint Michael. To the left of the nave are the museum entrances.

The Shrine is a popular pilgrimage route and is on the Via Sacra Langobardorum, connecting important Longobard sites, now a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

At A Glance

Basilica San Michele
Monte Sant Angelo


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