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The Shrine of Montevergine stands on a pleasant hill about two kilometres far from Palmariggi, it is a very popular place of cult attended by local communities and destination of thousands of pilgrims that, during the year, and in particular in May, month consecrated to the Virgin, go there for praying on the hill. On May 8th, in memory of the apparition of the Virgin occurred in 1595, solemn celebrations are held. The feast is full of charm and heartfelt. In the late afternoon of May 7th, the believers, moving in procession from the Mother Church of Palmariggi, carry the statue of the Patron Saint Madonna della Palma to the Shrine of Montevergine. After the celebration of the Holy Mass, with great participation of the devotees arriving from all over Salento, the procession towards the town starts. The statue of the Madonna della Palma and the statue of the Madonna di Montevergine, traditionally carried on shoulders by the women of Palmariggi, are brought in procession, walking along the “ancient path”. There is the renewal of the journey that in the past centuries the pilgrims covered in prayer to reach the Shrine. The atmosphere is full of charm and intimist. The silence of the countryside is broken by the prayer and by the songs consecrated to the Virgin. The path, bordered with lines of ancient olive trees, is lit by the radiance of the moon and by hundreds of candles that the believers light along the path among trees, dry walls and ancient pajare. At the arrival in the town, the statues of the Madonna are welcomed by fireworks, artistic illuminations and band shows. On May 8th, the feast takes places in the town, in the morning the Madonna di Montervergine is brought in procession along the streets of the town and in the following days the community celebrate the Virgin with several moments of prayer. The feast ends with the procession that, on the Sunday following May 8th, brings back the Madonna at home in Montevergine.
   
 



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Testi di don M. Cursano e A. Stifani - Foto di Pro Loco e G. Armenio