|The Basilica of Saint Sabina on the Aventine Hill|
Let's imagine we're standing in the Basilica in the year 1220. The everyday pious lives of Saint Domenico and his friars, according to several well-documented medioeval legends, were tested by "close encounters" with the devil. But a particular legend, unique from the others, catches our attention because a visual reminder of it has been left for us to see, still today.
|The devil's stone|
People say they sometimes see Satan return to the Basilica of Santa Sabina, stop at the entrance and with a look of sadness leave.
Entering this church, look behind you, in the left corner of the Basilica (who would notice that?) there is a little spiral column. Approach the column and you can see above it a roundish black stone with heavy grooves and holes, as if made by an enormous claw....this is the "lapis diaboli" of the legend (see photo).
Observe it carefully...no, it is not a bowling ball...
The Basilica of Santa Sabina is here.