The “Sacra of San Michele” (the Archangel) is an architectural complex perched on the summit of Mount Pirchiriano, at the entrance of the Valley of Susa, near Turin.
Located on an imposing base of 26 meters at 960 meters above sea level, it is one of the most eminent religious architecture in the Alps. It was built between 983 and 987 AD. From the twelfth to the fifteenth century it lived the period of its greatest historical splendor, becoming one of the main centers of Benedictine spirituality in Italy.
The monastic scenario largely inspired the historical novel by Umberto Eco “The name of the rose”. Already in Roman times there was a military garrison here, on the lookout at Via Cozia towards the Gauls.
Dedicated to the cult of the Archangel Michael, defender of the faith and Christian people, the Sacra di San Michele is part of a pilgrimage route over 2000 km long that goes from Mont Saint-Michel, in France, to Monte Sant’Angelo, in Puglia.
The history, the spiritual value and the landscape that surrounds it make the Sacra a popular destination for visitors from all over Europe: pilgrims, faithful, tourists, but also sportsmen who want to test themselves with climbing routes or dedicated to mountain biking.
It’s possible to buy a house in the pretty villages near the “Saga of San Michele”, for example Avigliana, Sant’Ambrogio di Torino, Chiusa di San Michele.
If you prefer to live in a medium-sized city we suggest Rivoli, at the start of the valley, with 50,000 of inhabitants.