In the late Roman/early Medieval time the young Christian religion struggled against pagan cults all over Europe. God sent his archangel St. Michael to Europe, especially southern Italy, to appear in front of people which were easy to influence. Preferably inside a cave. We are not sure which one was the cave fan, but we guess it was St. Michael.
The result of this strange behaviour is a huge amount of caves named after archangel St. Michael. And two islands too, by the way, both called St Michails Mountain. One is Mont St. Michel at the coast of Normandy in France and one is St. Michaels Mount in Cornwall. Both areas are composed of insoluble rock, so we guess there were no caves at hand.
The explanation, why St. Michael is related to caves, is actually a legend. Tradition wants the archangel winning on Lucifer, the devil, who was sent away from the heaven to be confined in the inside recesses of the earth.
There are so many caves dedicated to him, we thought we should make a page to list all of them. We were impressed that there were a few outside southern Italy too.
|Sant'Angelo||Balsorano, L'Aquila, Abbruzzo||Italy|
|Grotta San Michele||Pescocostanzo, L'Aquila, Abbruzzo||Italy|
|Sant'Angelo in Vetulis||near Sulmona, L'Aquila, Abbruzzo||Italy|
|Monte Sant'Angelo||Bominaco, L'Aquila, Abbruzzo||Italy|
|San Michele||San Vittorino, L'Aquila, Abbruzzo||Italy|
|Sant'Angelo Le Ripe||Abbruzzo||Italy|
|San Michele Arcangelo||Lama dei Peligni, Abbruzzo||Italy|
|Grotta Sant'Angelo||Palombaro (Ch), Abbruzzo||Italy|
|Eremo di San Michele||Campagna (SA), Campania||Italy|
|Grotta dell'Angelo||Sant'Angelo a Fasanella, Campania||Italy|
|Grotta di San Michele||Faicchio (BN), Campania||Italy|
|Grotta di S.Michele Arcangelo||Olevano, north of Eboli, east of Salerno, Campania.||Italy|
|Grotta di San Michele Arcangelo||Raviscanina (CE), Campania||Italy|
|Grotta dell'Angelo||Pertosa, Salerno, Campania.||Italy|
|Morgia Sant'Angelo||Guardia Sanframondi, Campania.||Italy|
|Grotta di Sant'Angelo||Cassano Allo Ionio, Calabria||Italy|
|Grotta di San Michele||Sant'Angelo in Grotte, Santa Maria del Molise, Province of Isernia, Molise||Italy|
|Grotta dell'Angelo||Monte d'Elio, San Nicandro Garganico, Gargano, Puglia||Italy|
|Grotta di San Michele||Minervino Murge, Puglia||Italy|
|Monte Sant'Angelo sul Gargano||Monte Sant'Angelo sul Gargano, Puglia||Italy|
|Grotta San Michele||Cagnano Varano, Gargano, Puglia.||Italy|
|San Michele delle Grotte||Gravina in Puglia (BA), Puglia.||Italy|
|Cripta Basiliana di San Michele||Ceglie Messapica, Puglia||Italy|
|Pesterna Crkva Sveti Arhangel Mihail||Radozda, Struga region, western shore of Lake Ohrid.||Macedonia|
|St. Michael's Caves||Gibraltar, Nature Reserve Upper Rock||Great Britain|
|Mikaelshulen||Near Skien, Telemark||Norway|