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Sanctuary of the Madonna di Canneto

What to see in Roccavivara, Campobasso, Molise


the church came to our days dates back to the XI-XII centuries, has a Latin cross plan, with three apses. The facade has not decorative elements relevant, if not a bas-relief on the lunette of the portal. In the external walls of the church are inserted gravestones and various inscriptions of roman and medieval times, while on the right hand lever is a powerful bell tower, completed in 1329 by the Abbot Nicola, consisting in an embattled tower of gothic mold with mullioned windows on the arches.

The interior of the church is austere and a nave and two aisles, each ending with a semicircular apse. Along the central nave is placed a valuable ambo, finely decorated, made in 1223, in part with the materials to be reused more ancient. The ambo is supported by three unequal arches and, below the parapet, open seven small shrines: the central one had to support an eagle which, with its wings, acted as the lectern. The others are occupied by six monks in high relief, intent to activities which represent the monastic rule of the ora et labora.

Behind the high altar is placed the statue of the Madonna di Canneto, dating back to the XIV century, in gothic style, and also known as the Virgin of the smile.

In the area adjacent to the church, there are archaeological excavations have brought to light the remains of a Roman Villa of the I century A.D.

  • SS 650, Roccavivara (Campobasso)
  • Religious location



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Via Corsica 179 - 86039, Termoli (Campobasso)
36.17 Kilometers from Sanctuary of the Madonna di Canneto
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