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Cannot unsee this Hermitage of St. Columban.

Source:; see more on Google.

The river below it is also interesting:

River Church M.C. Escher Hermitage St Columban

More about Eremo di San Colombano: Google, Flickr, Wikipedia

Google Translate (very rough) of Wikipedia:

The hermitage of St Columba is a place hermitage located in the municipality of Trambileno, not far from Rovereto, near Trento.

Some natural caves, halfway up the rock wall of the 'gorge formed by the stream of Vallarsa Leno, were used from 753 (the date inscribed on the rock) from Monaco Ieremia.

According to legend, the hermit, who arrived here during Lent and wishing to retire to a cave, you first have killed a dragon that lived in the cave and then you would stay in meditation.

Between the late tenth and early eleventh century was built a small church dedicated to the opening of the holy cave, under a roof of natural rock. The hermitage of the "Hermit Cave" was used until 1782 and was later treated by the inhabitants of the valley. The province of Trento has made the restoration in 1996.

Hermitage to get through a staircase of 102 steps carved into the rock. Frescoes with the fight between St. Columba and a dragon (allegory of the struggle between good and evil) and with the representation of Paradise, located in the cave, while another with "Madonna and Saints" is the fifteenth-century altar of church and keeps recordings with prayers and votive dated between 1505 and 1782, witnessed the pilgrimage to the shrine.

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