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Home > Stops Along the Walk > The Votive Temple In Terminillo

The Votive Temple In Terminillo: The Casket Holding The Remains Of Saint Francis

Mount TerminilloIn 1939 Pope Pius XII declared Saint Francis the Patron Saint of Italy. In order to celebrate the event, the Franciscan friars decided to build a monument on Terminillo at 1623 m above sea level and so they erected the National Votive Temple. Work began in 1949 and 25,000 cubic meters of rock was carved out in order to house the church which was consecrated in 1964. The building is a harmonious fusion of architecture, mosaics, sculptures and church ornaments of high artistic quality.
A casket in the Saint Francis chapel holds the most precious relic: an urn containing the remains of the Saint in front of which a votive lamp burns eternally.

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