The “holy skull” of Saint Anne is kept in an urn in Cappella Palatina in Castelbuono. This is a village on the island of Sicily in Italy. This skull is taken out for a stroll once a year.
“Mother Saint Ann”, so Castelbuonese call their patron saint. Indeed, she is a kind of mother figure which watches over all of them. This role suits her perfectly as she was Mary’s mother and Jesus’ grand-mother.
Saint Ann, or rather her relics (the skull), arrived in Castelbuono in the middle of the 15th century, when the Ventimiglia decided to settle in Castelbuono. At that time, this powerful Sicilian family ruled the whole surrounding region. However, she became the patron saint later, after the relics…
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