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Basilica di S. Elia (VT)
The Basilica of Sant'Elia in Castel Sant'Elia rises at the center of the Suppentonia valley, which from the first centuries of the Christian era distinguished itself as an anchorite and then Benedictine center where, according to tradition, there was a temple dedicated to the goddess Diana, built by the emperor Nero and that even before that, in the Etruscan period, there always stood a Delubro dedicated to Pico Marzio.
It is part of a complex known as the Papal Shrine of Santa Maria "ad rupes".
According to tradition, the monastery was founded around 520 by the franc Sant’Anastasio of Suppentonia, notary of the Roman curia, the dedication to Sant’Elia, confirms the hermitic origin, presumably of oriental origin, of the first monastic nucleus.
The first testimony of the monastery is found in an ancient papyrus deposited in the bishop's archive of Ravenna, written in Rome or in Nepi on 3 June 557.
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