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The Island of Saint Julius

The monastery on the island of Saint Julius, a 900-foot long stretch of land in the middle of Lake Orta in northwest Italy, was built in the 18th century to serve as the local bishop’s headquarters. It has been occupied by Bendictine nuns since 1973. The monastery looks as if it were suspended in time.
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The relics of St. Julius, who helped evangelize northern Italy, are still preserved in the 12th-century Romanesque church on his eponymous island.
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The 12th-century Romanesque church was built after a previous church was destroyed during local wars in the 11th century.
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Today, the isle of Saint Julius is the crown jewel of local Chirstians sites.
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Pilgrims flock to the island every year for St. Julius' feast day on January 31.
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