Sigeric the Serious: Via Francigena, Aquapendente, Circa 990 AD

Submansio IX – Aquapendente

At the confluence of the Quintaluna and the Paglia, modern Acquapendente is located 132 km north of Rome on the Via Cassia.

There, one can visit a crypt that comes from the second half of the 10th century and that encloses relics, small stones that according to tradition, that had bathed in the blood of  Christ during the Passion. The crypt is shaped in the forms of the original Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem. At the time Sigeric the Serious visits ancient Aquapendente, the crypt and perhaps also the city is considered to be a sort of “transposed Jerusalem”. In fact, in documents dated as early as 993 ( the one in which the Marquis Ugo di Toscana donates some of his possessions to the Holy Sepulchre),  Aquapendente is refered to as “Jerusalem”.

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