Broken Mountain of Gaeta, the legend of Jesus and the Turk

The “Broken Mountain” or Montagna Spaccata of Gaeta is a legend-filled place to go visit. Although you might be a bit disappointed like I was, to not be able to go until the bottom of the stairs to touch the sea, it is still a lovely sight to go visit. The broken mountain as the name says, is a mountain that has been broken in 2 half creating a small gulf in the middle.

Legend says that the mountain broke at the exact moment when Jesus died on the cross. You can see a crack in the wall in the shape of a hand (one can in fact distinguish the five fingers in the rock) while going down the stairs. It is said to be the place where a disbelieving Turkish sailor, not believing that the mountain had split apart at the death of Jesus in a cross, leaned his hand on the rock which miraculously became soft under his pressure, forming the imprint of the hand. . This is why that shape is known as the Hand of the Turk and it is truly incredible. Below, a Latin inscription shows the following words: “An unbeliever refused to believe what tradition relates, this rock feels soft at the touch of his fingers”. You can believe it or not, it is still a cool story. Within the rocks, a small church dedicated to San Filippo Neri who had a small rock bed there when he came to pray.

Around the mountain, a sanctuary and a few roads to go to – one should actually lead you to the ancient city center of Gaeta, the nearby town.

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