Speloncato in the Balagne area has several particularities, and worth learning more about.

Built around 570m above sea level, and situated up north of the island in Balagne, overlooking the Reginu Valley and also the Balagne coastline. It’s about thirty minutes from Île Rousse also belonging to crystalline Corsica, due to the granite rocks.

In 1621, the Capucins built the Speloncato Convent out of stone and lime, which could be found not far from the cemetery. It fell into ruins, and since then has been transformed into dwellings. It used to be famous for the Carignelli waters, which were known to cure kidney stones. One of the springs also supplied water to the convent.

The Santa Catalina church from the XI century stands in the middle of the village square, in front of the village fountain dating back to 1879. Today, it houses the Mayor’s office and the Saint Anthony Abbot Brotherhood. Within, one can find an altar which is a listed historical monument, and an XVIII century tabernacle with a silver reliquary of classified Saint Roch wood.

The actual word ‘spelunca’, means caves.
A village that sits between two rocks possessing numerous caves, the most important being the Pietra Tafonata and the Ranfionu. During invasions, these caves were used as shelters (7m x 6.50m). Another particularity being, twice a year on April 6th and Sept 8th, the sun shines through a hole in a rock (at around 18h), lighting up the village square.


Photo credit: David Folkes Copyright ©

Additional information: Wikipedia 

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