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Santa Caterina del Sasso    

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Santa Caterina del Sasso

Leggiuno, Italy

Perched on a rocky cliff above Lake Maggiore in Leggiuno in the Lombardy region of Italy, this stunning Roman Catholic monastery comprises 2 convents and the main church, built between the 12th and 14th centuries. Designated a national landmark in 1914, the structures house several religious frescoes; of particular importance are those painted in the 14th century of the crucifixion, and ones from the 16th century depicting the saints Lucia, Maddalena and Caterina. Visitor access is via an elevator built into the rocks, by foot down 268 winding steps from the site’s parking lot, or up 80 steps if arriving by ferry, accessible from several towns around Lake Maggiore, except in winter.

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