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"Stone of St. Anthony" Davoli and its territory

In the mountain area of the territory of Davoli, characterized by a monolithic formation, called "Stone of St. Anthony", there are the ruins of two monasteries Basilian testimony of monasticism greek.


Both were built in the vicinity of existing Byzantine monasteries and were characterized by the placement of small churches 'outside of the perimeter of the convent.


A bit of history ... The nature of the place has always had a decisive role in the history of Davoli.


Clear waters and cristallinedel Ionian Sea; the golden sands of the coast; the fertile coast, enlivened by the breeze and the west wind; the austere mountains, shady and fragrant


The first settlers of Greece found in this area easy landing, in the seventh century BC, settling near the rivers  Alaca and Ancinale , the navigable river Cecino , appointed by T. Livio. The name of Davoli, originally Daulis, comes from Daulia, city of Phocis, from where they would leave the founders.


The territory. Leaving the village of Davoli, in a few minutes you can reach the lush forests that cover the mountain close to the town. And so it goes through the vineyards to reach the majestic pines and beech trees, reaching, and often exceed 1000 meters above sea level.

A variety of landscapes, a nature still intact, scenic trails and countless streams that flow from the many mountain springs.


 Here flow the pure and the cool waters of the Source  of St. Anthony.


One of these, the Monastery of the Virgin of Pietra Santa, located at 1000 mt. above sea level, right next to the granite formation of the "Stone of St. Anthony" was used by the monks for over eight centuries and was a place of spiritual retreat  for famous nobles .

The wall structure of the monastery of the Virgin of Pietra Santa and the nearby hermitage suffered significant damage during the earthquake of 1783, but until the early sixties of the last century, were still visible most of the ruins of the walls and domes of 'hermitage .


More recently you could only see the remains of the floor and behind the stone monolith, a strain funeral of the time before the Byzantine era, which can suggest the presence of a 'sacred area or of a necropolis in prehistoric times.




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