Vico del Gargano is a village in the region Puglia and is part of the Parco Nazionale del Gargano. Vico del Gargano is also famous for the number of churches and chapels. There are about thirteen of them in total. Many are very simple in design have been built for the purpose of local worship. The oldest church dates back to the 6th century and is called the Matrix Church or Chiesa Matrice. It is located near the historical centre of Vico and its red cupola dominates the city’s skyline. It houses the statue of the Patron Saint of the city, St Valentine; a statue which preserves the relics of the Saint. There are five more churches in the historical centre, including the Church of St Joseph, which holds a famous wooden sculpture of The Dead Christ, used in processions on Good Friday.
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