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Bull Door Fresco

Fresco at the base of the stairs over the "bull door," so-named for the damaged fresco that depics the episode of the bull from the first apparition. It also depicts a Crucifixion against the backdrop of a city, which may be Monte Sant'Angelo. It was restored in 1999 after being hidden under a large crucifix for centuries. Below the fresco is a tablet with a Latin inscription reading: "This is the world famous crypt of St. Michael the Archangel, where he deigned to appear to men. Oh, pilgrim, prostrate yourself to the ground and revere these stones because this place is holy." Shrine of St. Michael the Archangel, Monte Sant'Angelo, Puglia, Italy. The Archangel Michael is said to have appeared here in 490, 492 and 1656.

Photo © Holly Hayes.