Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Gaeta and Split Mountain

One of three beaches in Gaeta (1 1/2-2 hours north of Naples)
The sign below reads:
This Sanctuary, "Split Mountain", takes its name from a very old, steadfast legend. According to this legend, the mountain you are standing on developed 3 splits at the exact time that Christ died on the Cross. You can find reference to this in the Bible in Matthew 27:51.
"And the earth shook and the rocks were split"
The first split to the left is called the Turk's Grotto and there is a stairway leading down to the sea. The second split, to the right, is the middle split. There is a stairway leading down to the Chapel of the Crucifix, which is built between the two walls of the split. The third split, partially covered by earth, is not open to the public due to dangerous drop-offs.
The Missionaries of P.I.M.E.,
The caretakers of the Sanctuary, hope you enjoy your visit.
Stairway to first split (260 stairs)
First split
Second split

Chapel at the bottom of the second split
Mark in wall where a non-believer placed his hand and the rock melted forming his handprint
Second split at the top of the church looking out
Where Filippo Nerl slept

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