Chiesa di San Giovanni Battista

Antro della Sibilla Lylibetana


... The Carthaginian Hannibal led troops on the headland opposite Libya and ordered the camp next to the well known Lilybaeum ... 
The first building of the Church of St. John the Baptist seems to date from the fifth century ADwith the first lilibetani bishops, Gregory and Paschasinus. 
Built on a freshwater spring: Cave of the Sibyl Lilibetana. 
Originally belonged to the Basilian Fathers and then passed to the Jesuits. 
This ancient place of worship, inspired by the worship of water, becomes a baptismal font and identified as the home of the Sibyl or Sybil Lilibetana Sicula pilgrimage and prophecies. 
Lilybeum ancient Christian monument, of great interest because he lives on the magical power of water, place the Sibyl is located in a deep cave where until the early Christians gathered '400 of Lilybaeum. 
At the center of the cave and the spring still flows in front of the cave stands a stone altar with marble image of Saint John the Baptist, patron of the city, dating from the fifteenth century. 
... Site created by ancient sources as the tomb of the Sibilla Cumana (Solinus II 6, V 7) 
or as a natural spring used by the priests Carthaginians, following the general Hannibal in 410 BC, which would give the town its name of Lilybaeum (Diodorus Siculus XII 14.4). 
Collar, Latin scholar of the third century A.D. speaks in the Collection of memorable things. 
The town of Marsala ... ... ... is famous for the Tomb of the Sibyl Lilibetana ...