FELICI GROTTO (also called: STACCHINI GROTTO) (19)

One of the most interesting of 150 grottos forming the mysterious underground network in Santarcangelo.

 

The “Felici” grotto, together with the grotto under the “White Nuns’ Convent”, is one of the most interesting and enigmatic grottos of the whole man-made network of caves in Santarcangelo.

Both seem to date back well before the buildings on top of them, and before the convent was built.

Both, their size and shape provide excellent examples of this underground world.

The central plan of the “Felici” grotto resembles the layout of the Basilica of San Vitale in Ravenna.

The circular room is supported by six trapezoidal pillars and connected by arches and a dome ceiling with semi-circular vaults.

Five niches have been carved into the room’s wall. They are not very deep but seem too large to have been used to hang lanterns or other forms of ancient lighting.

It is impossible not to be fascinated by the spiritual aura within this grotto, but the mystifying question remains: What actually happened in here?

 

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