Castel Sant’Elia

Castel Sant’Elia is a small town in the province of Viterbo. It is located in a hilly area close to the better know town of Nepi.

Castel Sant’Elia travel guide

The town is built on a plateau between two deep ravines and gets its name from the ancient fraternity, Cenobio di Sant’Elia.

Tourist Attractions Castel Sant’Elia

  • Santuario di Maria Santissima ad Rupes: This church is part of the convent of theƂ PP. Micaeliti della Congregazione di S. Michele Arcangelo. Towards the end of the 18th century the hermit Giuseppe Rodio dug an underground corridor of 144 steps leading to the Sacred Cave (Grotta Santa), where the painting “Virgin and Child” is kept and worshiped. Next to the cave is a small museum where sacred vestments (12th to 14th century) are kept.
  • The Basilica di Sant’Elia was built in the 9th century, on top of an already existing Benedictine convent. Its precious 12th century pulpit was reconstructed from the materials of 8th and 9th century presbyterial fences. There are also some interesting 12th century frescoes in the apse and the transept.
  • The more modern church of San Giuseppe.

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