San Vito between history and legends
San Vito between history and legends
San Vito between history and legends

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SAN VITO BETWEEN HISTORY AND LEGENDS


San Vito between history and legends

 

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Of human presence in San Vito Lo Capo you have evidence dating back a thousand year BC thanks to some of the many items recovered in caves dug out of the cliffs is rich coast. Other remains of underground tombs date back to a later period, confirm the presence of permanent settlements in nature. The history of San Vito Lo Capo is linked in any way to San Vito Martire, a young aristocrat born in Mazara in 286 AD by idolatrous father and Christian mother died a few days
after his birth. Orphaned of his mother, was raised by his nurse Crescentia Vitus that modest beginning with the tutor the child to the practice of Christianity until it is baptized. During the persecution by Emperor Diocletian, the young Vito was forced to abandon their native city at night escaping by sea Crescenza Modesto and finding refuge in the bay of Cape Egitarso [current Capo San Vito].
Here he continued his work of evangelization by converting the local population to Christianity, but later had to flee also from Cape Egitarso and return with the two educators that his travels took him from Sicily, Campania and Basilicata in performing various miracles. Young Vito died June 15 of the 299 A.D. (Or 304 A. D.). The increasing number of devotees to Vito Martire erected a chapel which has seen over the centuries many construction projects to extend and consolidate up-to transform the current Sanctuary Fortress (frequent raids by pirates pirates that were raging at that time imposed this type of construction ) aimed at protecting the pilgrims who came to worship the Holy One.
In the eighteenth century San Vito Lo Capo was surveyed at the behest of the Royal Government gave land to anyone who wanted to reclaim and with the residence requirement.
The jurisdiction of Erice in San Vito Lo Capo was part so divided the territory into three distinct villages to live, were born as San Vito Lo Capo, Macari and Castelluzzo. It took another 150 years for you to San Vito Lo Capo, Erice detached from becoming independent municipality through a regional law of 1952, was born the town of San Vito Lo Capo with the adjoining villages of Macari and Castelluzzo.

Fonte: aotsanvito.it

 

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