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Madonna della Cava (Our Lady of the Cave), Latera, Viterbo, Latium, Italy

Commemorated on June 13
Madonna della Cava (Our Lady of the Cave), Latera, Viterbo, Latium, Italy The church of the Madonna della Cava is a small church located in an area of tufa quarries in one of the roads leading to the agricultural areas of the country: it is the church, and above all a painting depicting the Madonna and child, are the subject of particular devotion on the part of the inhabitants of Latium. The church, rebuilt today, was bombed during World War II and reduced to ruins, ruined from flying debris and explosions with only the framework surviving behind the altar.

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The Church of the Madonna della Cava is connected to a legend: it is said that a girl after having discussed with the parents left the house saying that she would marry the first man she had met on the street. Soon after she met him; a man much older than her. When it came time to celebrate the nuptials, which were to take place in the Church of the Madonna della Cava, he refused to enter; then forced, put on the door and was immediately dissolved into a black cloud that was fixed on the left wall of the church was the devil. Even today you can still see this black spot, surviving the bombings of World War II, that the elders call "the 'devil of the Virgin de la Cava".

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