San Giovanni Rotondo is a town in the province of Foggia in Apulia, Italy with 27,184 inhabitants (December 31, 2015). After the Mexican Guadalupe and the "Eternal City" Rome San Giovanni Rotondo is the third most visited pilgrimage site in the world. Up to seven million pilgrims a year travel there. By San Giovanni Rotondo the main highway from San Severo to Monte Sant'Angelo, which is used by many pilgrims since the 6th century leads to a pilgrimage to Michael grotto where the Archangel Michael appeared. The name of the town comes the legend, therefore, that the Lombards at a round temple that was in place of the present town, lined up a statue of Saint John the Baptist (John the Baptist), the Feast. However, more likely the establishment of a baptistery in the early days often rotunda, under the patronage of the Baptist. One of the most famous citizens of San Giovanni Rotondo was the much admired and now canonized Padre Pio. Still make pilgrimages every day many faithful to the crypt of the church of Santa Maria delle Grazie to pray at his tomb and see the cell in which he lived. In 2004, the great pilgrimage church Padre Pio Pilgrimage Church was completed.
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