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Like many churches, including this one, also Church of Santa Maria della Pace was built on a former pagan temple dedicated to Bacchus. The devotion to Our Lady by citizens occurred in 1837 during a violent outbreak of cholera which brought death in the country. On July 29, the each citizen of Casalattico, dressed in rags and barefoot with a rope on his neck and a cross of thorns on his head, asked for mercy to the Madonna in a procession and the outbreak of cholera ended.


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