Sanctuary of St. Matteo

In some periods of the year (especially in summer) at the nearby Shrine of St. Matthew – a few miles from San Giovanni Rotondo – you can visit the exhibition “Between faith and art, painted devotion.” It is precious and beautiful votive tablets exposed to the public (free admission) from the early twentieth century (the first is as much as 1894). The votive tablets of the sanctuary of St. Matthew are born and evolve in a rural setting and pastoral tell the facts of life with simple language and free of rhetoric that goes straight to the heart of the story. The danger is always imminent, the pain is severe, the disease leaves no escape. St. Matthew is always there. More than 500 votive tablets “received by grace” which, because of climatic conditions, were slightly damaged. The current 500 have been cataloged and published on a CD that allows anyone to enjoy. The exhibition – divided into themes such as family, the countryside, animals, street, country, etc … – has been set up inside the museum system of St. Matthew, one of the few monastic places of Capitanta of which have always been non-stop inhabited by religious families. Founded around the ninth century, A. D. by the Benedictines in 1578 went to the Friars Minor.

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