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Virgen de la Cueva Santa, Altura, Castellón, Valencia, Spain 

Sixty-six feet deep, the Holy Cave was once known as the Cave of the Brazier, a place of refuge for herders and their livestock. In 1416, Carthusian Brother Bonifacio Ferrer, of the nearby Charterhouse of Vall de Crist, made an alabaster image of the Virgin's head and molded wax copies to distribute among the herders, who could carry them in their rucksacks because of their 8" size. One of the herders left his statuette in a corner of the cave, where it lay forgotten for decades. In 1503, another herder, sleeping there, dreamed the Virgin showed him where to find her image. But the cave did not become a place of pilgrimage until a leper was healed there in 1574. In 1592, Carthusian monks took charge of the cave shrine and replaced the wax copy with the alabaster original in the place of honor. Beneath a rayed crown, the Virgin's face is aged, framed in a widow's veil. That it hasn't deteriorated in its humble, humid cave is considered miraculous. In 1955 Pope Pius XII named the Virgin of the Holy Cave the patron saint of Spanish speleologists, who place her image in every cave they explore. Healings continued through the 20th century. 

Sources:

"Castellón - Altura," España, www.hernandezrabal.com/espana/cvalenciana/castellon/altura.htm 
"Romerías de La Cueva Santa," Romerías de España organizadas por Comunidades Autónomas, www.lasromerias.com
"Santuario de la Cueva Santa - Altura," Villa de Altura (Castellón), www.villadealtura.com/santuari.htm
"Romería Oficial al Santuario de Ntra. Sra. de la Cueva Santa," Portal Oficial de Turismo de la Comunidad Valenciana, www.comunitatvalenciana.com (picture)

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Also commemorated this date:

Maria Himmelfahrt, Tuntenhausen, Bavaria, Germany
Nostra Signora delle Grazie, Massa, Toscana, Italy
Madonna della Lanna, Villavallelonga, Aquila, Abruzzo, Italy
Santa Maria Incoronata, Vasto, Chieti, Abruzzo, Italy
Madre del Divin Amore, Cerasa, Pesaro, Marche, Italy
Madonna del Cerro, Arlena di Castro, Viterbo, Latium, Italy
Nostra Signora delle Grazie, Calangianus, Olbia-Tempio, Sardinia, Italy
Madonna della Catena, Mormanno, Cosenza, Calabria, Italy
Madonna di Porto Salvo, Porto Salvo, Reggio Calabria, Calabria, Italy, Melito district (Madonna of Safe Harbor)
Madonna Incoronata, Tavenna, Campobasso, Molise, Italy 
Maria Santissima Incoronata, Sant'Ilario, Potenza, Basilicata, Italy (Most Holy Crowned Madonna)
Madonna della Consolazione, Ferrandina, Matera, Basilicata, Italy
Madonna di Roca, Melendugno, Lecce, Apulia, Italy
Madonna di Roca, Vernole, Lecce, Apulia, Italy
Virgen de la Peña, Santa Cilia de Jaca, Huesca, Aragon, Spain
Nuestra Señora de los Milagros, Mérida, Extremadura, Spain
Virgen de la Cabeza, Casas Ibáñez, Albacete, Castile-La Mancha, Spain (Virgin of the Head)
Virgen de las Viñas, Tomelloso, Ciudad Real, Castile-La Mancha, Spain. Romería.
Nuestra Señora de la Cabeza, Andújar, Jaén, Andalucia, Spain
Virgen de los Remedios, Campotejar, Granada, Andalucia, Spain. Town patron. Fiestas.
Virgen de la Cabeza, Capileira, Granada, Andalucia, Spain.
Virgen de la Cabeza, Zújar, Granada, Andalucia, Spain
Virgen de la Cabeza de Monteagud, Benizalón, Almería, Andalucia, Spain. Romería. 
Virgen de la Cabeza, María, Almería, Andalucia, Spain
Virgen de la Peña, Puebla de Guzmán, Huelva, Andalucia, Spain
Nuestra Señora de la Cabeza, Andújar, Jaén, Andalucía, Spain.
Nuestra Señora de la Fuensanta, Alcaudete, Jaén, Andalucía, Spain. Statue processes from sanctuary to town church.
Virgen de la Fuensanta, Montoro, Córdoba, Andalucía, Spain
Virgen de la Estrella, Espiel, Córdoba, Andalucía, Spain 
Virgen de la Cabeza, Valenzuela, Córdoba, Andalucía, Spain.
Nuestra Señora de Gracia de Alcantarilla, Belalcázar, Córdoba, Andalucía, Spain. Town patron. Romería.
Virgen de la Cabeza, Exfiliana, Granada, Andalucía, Spain
Our Lady of Sorrows, Colusa, California, USA. Mass at shrine.
 

Where We Walked ~~~ Mary Ann Daly