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HERMITAGE OF SANTA CATERINA DEL SASSO BALLARO

Tradition has it that the monastery was founded by Alberto Besozzi, a wealthy local merchant who escaped to a downpour during the crossing of the Lake, decided to retire on that stretch of coast and take life as a hermit. There the blessed Alberto built a chapel dedicated to Saint Catherine of Egypt, currently visible on the bottom of the Church. The Chapel, dating from the 12th century, was soon joined by two other churches, that of St. Nicholas and Santa Maria Nova, whose existence is certain from the 14th century. After an initial period, during which stayed the Dominicans, at 1645 1314 led


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