At the heel of the boot of Apulia, in a city named Manduria(once named Casalnuova), gems await the history buff, archaeological expert or one seeking spiritual solace.
Monte Pliniano boasts a well with an endless supply of water and a flourishing almond tree growing in its center. Pliny the Elder, a Roman author, wrote of this almond tree phenomena in his Natural History Book approximately 300 centuries A.D. Upon descension into the confines of the well, I felt a sort of surrealism as images of biblical times emerged in my memory. Legend has it that the water attracted multitudes of people. Those afflicted with illness attest to the healing properties of the water. Granted permission, I descended the steps and doused in the holy water.
The gem that invoked an outpouring of tears is cradled in the confines of Chiesa San Pietro Mandurino, a sanctuary from way back in the day. Prophet Isaiah….his eyes penetrating, piercing, demanding…beckoning…
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