Lower Basilica

In 1947, a crypt was created in the foundations of the Basilica, and subsequently completely transformed to a design by R. Scrimger, F. Genco, and M. Caproni and inaugurated on 19 May 1988.

The whole is very harmonious; the simplicity encourages reflection and prayer. At the end of the presbytery, is the image of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, a beautiful canvas by Luigi Filocamo. Under the altar, you can see the frontal (decorative panel) in marble with the Last Supper by E. Pellini, who also carved the statues adorning the walls all around. The processional cross (cross on a pole) with a Crucifix, the benches (seating) for the celebrants, the ambo (where readings are delivered during mass) and the altar in polychrome marble are by Armando Marrocco.

His precious stained glass windows with the Umbrian Augustinian saints, alternating with local landscapes, give the whole a touch of colour and light.

In the right transept, Marrocco, with his usual skill, realised the chapel of the Eucharistic Miracle and of Blessed Simon of Cascia, placed here by the Archbishop of Spoleto-Norcia, Msgr. Antonio Ambrosiano on 19 May 1988. Under the pillars, there is the entrance to the room of ex-votos, which can be visited on request. In the left transept, you can admire the canvas depicting St. Mary Magdalene weeping by Cesarino Vincenzi.

Here there is also the tomb of the Servant of God, the Blessed Mother Teresa Fasce. Born in Torriglia (near Genoa) in 1881 and dying in Cascia on 18 January 1947, Mother Fasce dedicated her life to raising awareness of Saint Rita, through founding the From the Bees to the Roses magazine and through concrete works of Christian charity such as the Beehive of Saint Rita. The Sanctuary itself was her idea. Her feast is celebrated on October 12.

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