Thursday, September 5, 2013

Discover Cascia With Incantato Tours

The Italian town of Cascia, located in the Umbria region, has a history deeply linked to Rita, the Augustinian Saint who was born here in 1381 and today is known as one to grant wishes. 
Founded during Roman times, Cascia and the area around it was a releavant site during the Roman Age. It experienced its major splendor, however, during the Middle Ages. The city's most striking medieval architectural sites that are well worth a visit include the Gothic church of St. Francis with its remarkable rose-window, as well as the Church of St. Anthony, which dates back to the 15th century. 
It was because Saint Rita of Cascia, however, that the town became famous and a well-known destination for pilgrims from around the world. Despite her desire to entere an Augustine convent, she was married at the age of 13. After 18 years of a violent and difficult marriage despite which she led an exemplary life, her husband died. In 1407 Rita then entered the Santa Maria Maddalena Monastery, where she remained until her death on May 22nd, 1457, at the age of 76. 
The sanctuary dedicated to St. Rita is situated in a pre-existing 16th century church and has great religious importance. After her canonization in 1900, a large shrine was built and became an important place of pilgrimage. Some episodes of the life of St. Rita are sculpted on the main portal and her remains lay near the left gate, protected and still perfectly preserved. 

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