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Abbazia di San Michele

  • Religious Building/Site/Shrine

Updated 10/24/2013

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Within Terra Murata is the Abbazia di San Michele. San Michele (St. Michael) is the island's patron saint and a key figure in its history and traditions. Legend has it that in 1535, when the sultan of Algeria's admiral laid siege to the island, San Michele appeared above the pirate force and put them to flight (the 17th-century painting depicting the scene is in the choir of the abbey's 17th-century church; one of the invaders' anchors can also be viewed). On the wall

close to the richly coffered ceiling of the church is another depiction of San Michele, attributed to the grandmaster Luca Giordano (1699). As you walk around the church, note the holes in marble flagstones on the floor, which were in effect trapdoors through which bodies could be lowered to the underground crypt below. Children will be fascinated by the skulls still lurking in the maze of catacombs leading to a secret chapel. The cultural association Millennium offers guided tours for a small fee.

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Sight Information

Address:

Procida, 80079, Italy

Phone:

081-8967612

Sight Details:

  • Free
  • Apr.–Oct., Mon.–Sat. 9–1 and 3–6, Sun. 9–1; Nov.–Mar., call for times
  • Guided tours, €2 per person to museum and catacombs available on request at bookstore at entrance to abbey

Updated 10/24/2013

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