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Santuario del Miracolo Eucaristico

Santuario Del Miracolo Eucaristico - Lanciano (CH)

The Church of San Francesco, in the center of Lanciano, was built in 1258 in the Burgundian-Romanesque style on the site of the Church of San Legonziano (VII / VIII century); it was rebuilt in baroque style around the middle of the 18th century. Today, after the restoration in 2000, it presents itself with its solemn eighteenth-century configuration. The facade is rectangular with squared stones; the bell tower, the oldest in the city, is 31 meters high. The one-nave interior has two side altars and beautiful canvases along the walls; Biblical scenes are painted on the vault. Worthy of note is a large 18th-century biblical crucifix. Here is preserved the testimony of the oldest Eucharistic miracle of the Catholic world. Around the year 700 in the church of San Legonziano a Basilian monk doubted the real presence of Christ in the Eucharist: during the mass the consecrated host and wine became flesh and blood. The two relics - 5 drops of coagulated blood and a thin membrane of flesh - are respectively preserved in a silver monstrance of the Neapolitan school (1713) and in a crystal ampoule, placed in the second tabernacle of the monumental altar. Histological examinations, performed in 1971 and in 1981 in the Arezzo hospital with scientific rigour, have shown that it is human blood and heart tissue with the same blood group (AB) and that they have never been treated for preservation. The sanctuary is visited every year by thousands of pilgrims from all over the world.

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Corso Roma 1, Lanciano (CH)

0872 713189

42.2295146, 14.3898003

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