Cave of S. Ilarione
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Cave of S. Ilarione


About one kilometer north of the Church of S. Maria della Cava, high up on the left ridge, there is the cave where St. Hilarion lived, from 363 to 365 AD, who, as St. Jerome says, "landed at Capo Pachino, he retreated to more inland places 20 miles from the sea". The tradition is confirmed by Vito Amico Statella (1757) who says: "Towards these parts they point to a decorated cave, as an ancient testimony of the residence of S. Ilarione, in which one climbs by steps" (the so-called "scalauruni", dug into the rock and still existing). Next to it there are two other caves where his disciples, Gazanus and Hesychius, lived.


Card insertion: Ignazio Caloggero

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