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Church of St. Michael the Archangel

A rural chapel guarded by olive trees and vineyards welcomes us to Cellamare


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Where is


Corso Roma, 93, 70010 Cellamare BA, Italia (0m s.l.m.)


What it is and where it is

The Church of San Michele Arcangelo in Cellamare is unmistakable: it is the small rural building one encounters coming from Capurso before entering the town. Simple in its architecture, consisting of a single rectangular room with a barrel vault composed of tufa, stone and rubble the little church houses a special statue of the Archangel dating back to the 1500s that has an eventful history behind it for having been stolen and then many years later found and placed back in its shrine.

Why it is special

Nestled among olive trees and rows of vines, the little church of St. Michael Archangel stands as an outpost before entering the Village of Cellamare, but above all, it demonstrates how rural architecture, with its simplicity of form and materials, knows how to fit into the natural environment as if it had always been part of it. Nature and human ingenuity thus merge into a serene landscape that knows how to instill peace in the traveler who crosses it.

Not to be missed

Spending a few moments inside the little church, in the recollection conciliated by its snow-white walls and the beautiful vaults of the ceiling, prepares the body and spirit for the rhythms and tradition rooted in the Peasant Civilization of Cellamare. Once outside, he accompanies us along the path to the village, immersing us in a place with lifestyles that follow the changing seasons and rural traditions, where wellness is not a fashion, but a way of life.

A bit of history

The construction of the small church of St. Michael the Archangel is not dated exactly, although it is believed to have taken place around 1200. Instead, it is known that the 1500 Statuette of St. Michael the Archangel to be attributed to the Florentine school of Sansovino, was stolen in the 1960s. It was thanks to the search fueled by the citizenry led by a Cellamare-born Officer of the Arma that it was found in the 1990s and relocated to its original location.

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