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Rotonda-Monte Impiso-Madonna del Pollino-Viggianello-Scalea

Rotonda-Monte Impiso-Madonna del Pollino-Viggianello-Scalea

03:27
64.6 mi
18.7 mph
8,675 ft
34,275 ft

Tour Overview

4.62 mi
8.79 mi
11.6 mi
12.4 mi
15.9 mi
23.0 mi
25.1 mi
52.9 mi
60.0 mi
60.1 mi
64.7 mi
64.6 mi
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Cristian went cycling.

August 15, 2021

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  • Cristian

    Fabulous route, the first 11km climb up to the Impiso hill. average slope of 8.9% and maximum of 15%; then climb up to the sanctuary of the Madonna del Poliino, also 6km long. with an average gradient of 9% and a maximum of 18.5% -
    Fantastic route with 2720 meters of total altitude difference!
    The Sanctuary is beautiful.
    The Sanctuary of the Madonna del Pollino is located precisely in Mezzana, a fraction of San Severino Lucano (Pz). On the northern side of the Pollino massif, at an altitude of 1537 meters, stands the Sanctuary of the Madonna del Pollino. Since 1975 it has been possible to reach the place of worship via a convenient driveway that has taken over from the old mule track. The religious complex includes the church, some rooms for the activities and the stay of the clergy and the staff who take care of guarding the place of worship. The Casa del Pellegrino, annexed to the Sanctuary, hosts devotees and those interested in experiencing a spiritual retreat. In 1970 the structure was enlarged and is built in Romanesque style. Inside there are three naves, with a wonderful wooden vault decorated with a precious rose window. A splendid wooden statue depicts the Madonna holding the Baby Child in her arms on the left, which in turn supports the terrestrial gobo. The Sanctuary is a pilgrimage destination for numerous Calabrian devotees from the south and a large group of faithful who come from the south of Basilicata.
    The alpine panorama, the huge trees, the centuries-old trunks, the valley full of woods, paths and the small streets that lead to the place of worship make this place wonderfully attractive and full of peace, ideal for experiencing a spiritual retreat in contact with the nature and with God. In the distance you can see San Severino Lucano and on the right the rocky massif descends to a sheer drop in a large and wide basin called "La Copia". In front of the Serra del Prete, the Serra di Viggianello, the Impiso hill and that of the Skyscraper, in the distance you can see the Sirino, the Monte Alpi and the Pollino plain and the Serra Dolcedorme. An evocative and full of emotions show embraces the spectator who remains astonished in front of this prestigious view.According to tradition, the statue was found in the cave and the cave is made up of rocky blocks. In the parish archive of San Severino Lucano there are no traces that testify to what time the sanctuary's origins date back, however it seems that its origins are connected to the 1700s. Vox populi tells that the history of the Sanctuary originates between 1725 and 1730 with an apparition of the Madonna to a shepherd as he led his flock to pasture on Mount Pollino. Amazed by the vision, the pastor had spread the news and by word of mouth the whole population had learned of it. A local woman named Rosa Maria pushed by her firm faith, in the company of her sister-in-law Vittoria, went to the mountain. Rosa Maria had left her husband, who was suffering from an incurable disease, and her son at home. While the two women walked the steep and tiring road that leads to the Pollino, they began to feel very thirsty but in the absence of water they asked the Virgin to quell the heat. A short distance away they saw a jet of water gush from a large stone in the shape of a basin. Next to it there was an entrance that led inside a cave from which they felt mysteriously attracted. When the two women entered the cave they noticed that in a corner there was a pile of rubble mixed with dirt that seemed to hide something. So they began to dig and found a chest with a woolen cloth in which the statue of the SS was wrapped. Virgin holding the Child. The two women returning home with the box in hand found Rosa Maria's husband miraculously healed. A moving legend that gave rise to the construction of the Sanctuary.The cavern of small dimensions and made up of large blocks of rock, in the past was visited by the faithful, on the occasion of his feast today due to the slippage of the rocky boulders it is no longer accessible to the public. The open space in front of the Chapel is surrounded by a tender meadow from which wild scents come, and to the left of those looking at the church there is a road that leads to a ledge on which a mountain reigns of beech and fir trees dominates, under this road find the cave. The feast in honor of the Madonna del Pollino is one of the most important celebrations of the Calabrian-Lucanian mountains. Every year thousands of pilgrims gather on the first Thursday, Friday and Saturday of July to participate in the celebrations in honor of the SS. Virgin. The statue is transferred to the sanctuary in the summer months while in the winter it remains kept in the church of San Severino Lucano.

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    • August 16, 2021

  • Vito Giordi

    Fabulous ride

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    • August 16, 2021

  • Cristian

    Thanks a lot Vito !! A hug!

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    • August 16, 2021

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