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Grotto seer of Lilibet: photos, description (Il Sepolcro della Sibilla Lilibetana)

Grotto seer of Melibea, also called the Grotto of the sibyl, located directly under the Church of San Giovanni Battista, built in 1555 by Jesuit monks on the promontory of Capo Boeo. Tradition connects this tomb with the name Sibylla Cumana, also known as Sybil Sicula. Sybil (or sibyl) was called in ancient times the wise women of the future, clairvoyants.

The Church of San Giovanni Battista was not the first erected on this place, on the contrary, with the Church of Santa Maria della Grotta it was part of an old Abbey: Basiliani.

The grotto of the sibyl is located at a depth of about 5 meters underground and consists of a Central circular niche related to two areas - one oriented to the North, the second to the West. Niche carved directly into the rock, covered with a kind of low dome of stone, which made the Dormer window - it is connected with the higher floors of the Church. There you can see the square Chan, not too deep, designed to store water. The Northern room, also carved in the rock, has the shape of a semicircle. At the level of the floor is a spring, which fills the square Chan. Before this room features a large stone altar with a carved image of St. John the Baptist (Giovanni Battista in Italian). The altar, Dating from the 15th century, is of great value. The Western room of irregular shape, probably, was partially constructed from the well.

Given the presence in the cave a spring and proximity to the sea, the people, the legend of what came Ulysses, to quench your thirst. It is also said that in this cave lived the Sibilla Cumana is one of the most famous oracles of antiquity. Near the grotto is a kind of bed that seems carved in the rock, according to legend, on it and rested the girl.