Sanctuary Madonna Adonai in Augusta

The Sanctuary of the Madonna Adonai of Augusta, located on a cliff in the middle of the countryside, is a splendid example of Byzantine art.
The sanctuary was originally an early Christian oratory, as attested by the Jewish epithet of the Madonna Mater Adonai, or Mother of the my Lord.
The oratory was founded in the first half of the third century by a Christian named Publius, in one of the hypogea made up of the so-called Greek caves which, since the Paleolithic, show a marked sacred vocation.
The sanctuary is part of a very ancient religious complex and its most interesting feature is the altar carved into the rock with an engraving of a black Madonna.

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