Tempio del Valadier in Genga, Italy
Photo credit: @lucippps
The Temple of Valadier (Tempio del Valadier) is a perfectly octagonal church located at the entrance of the Frasassi Caves (Grotte di Frasassi), a remarkable karst cave system in Genga, a town in the Italian region of the Marche.
Commissioned in 1828 by Pope Leo XII, who was originally from Genga, the temple was built in a hidden cave mouth by architect Giuseppe Valadier. The white marble structure has a domed roof and eight sides that are meant to symbolize Jesus' resurrection "after eight days"
This isolated mountain temple is known as the “Refuge of Sinners,” and acted as a pilgrimage site for those seeking forgiveness.
The interior originally held a marble statue of the Madonna and child sculpted by Italian artist Antonio Canova. However, the original has been moved to a local museum and a replacement was installed in the temple.
Incastonato tra fitti boschi di abeti e sotto le pendici del massiccio del Latemar, che si specchia nella sua acqua cristallina, il Lago Carezza regala a chi sa coglierle perle di una bellezza che arriva dritta al cuore. Ad addolcire, a rianimare, a cullare.
Certi posti mi rimarranno nel cuore per sempre, e non solo per la loro bellezza, ma soprattutto per quello che rappresentano.
Questa è la "Terrazza del Brivido" e di brividi me ne ha fatti provare tanti...