Abbazia di Santa Maria di Vezzolano, Albugnano

The Abbey of Vezzolano is an abbey in the territory of Albugnano, Piedmont, northern Italy, in Gothic - Romanesque style.
According to a legend, the foundation of the abbey dates to Charlemagne times. Here he would be hunting, in the year 773, when three skeletons appeared to him from the tomb. He thus decided to build an abbey here entitled to the Virgin Mary.
Historically, the abbey most likely existed in Lombard times, and later was enlarged thanks to rich donations. In the 10th century it was destroyed by the Saracens. In 1002 it was donated by King Arduin of Italy to Oddo of Bruzolo, whose heirs gave it to the prepository of Vezzolano. The complex was rebuilt until 1189. The abbey was the seat of a religious community until the early 19th century, when it was suppressed during the Napoleonic invasion of Italy.
The abbey includes a church with a short bell tower, a cloister and a capitular hall, featuring both Gothic and Romanesque elements. For the construction sandstone and bricks were used to give a bichrome appearance to the exterior (such as in the upper façade), a feature common also in Liguria and Tuscany in the Middle Ages. In the Romanesque façade, two of the three original portals are still existing. The upper part also features small columns with arches, with a mullioned window in the middle, with Christ flanked by the archangels Michael and Raphael.
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  • I went to visit her on a Sunday afternoon. A choir was planned for which we attended the rehearsals. It is a place to visit, very nice the cloister. It's not a huge place, but quite small and collected
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  • Lovely abbey tucked away in the valley, order and cleanliness all around, and abbey premises in excellent state of preservation, helpful and competent staff. It's worth the visit.
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  • A beautiful abbey with a special charm, hidden in the middle of the vegetation, is definitely worth a visit. During this period there are a series of concerts of sacred choirs.
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  • Open from 10.00 to 18.00 all days except Mondays. fantastic architecture and frescoes from roman period (XI century). Worth to see
  • Magnificent Medieval Prayer place away from the city context. I do Not dwell on the cultural aspects, consultable on the internet, but explicit my thoughts on the environment that welcomes the tourist. The Abbey is set in the greenery, near a large farmhouse. It is served by a free parking lot which was built in a small bar. Near The entrance is present in the toilet, which I have to say I found clean. I have Not noticed any facilitation with wheelchair access, but having found a metal ramp inside the church, I can assume that it can be used for the purpose, asking the custodian at the entrance. You can take pictures anywhere, but without the use of the flash. The whole thing is well cared for and clean. In the back of the abbey there is a garden with the cultivation of trees of ancient quality of apples, cultivated by the University of Turin.
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  • Place of worship but open to the public for visits, guided and not. Quiet Place where to find calm because of the silence that pervades the entire abbey. Romanesque/Gothic Architecture that makes you go back in time. Kept clean, restored and you can seize the once life of the Cistercian monks.
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  • Gorgeous. A location unknown to many but beautiful the rectory and the cloister. Also Worth a visit for those people who want to discover the beauties in the Piedmont area
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  • Nestled in the greenery, once you have arrived you have suffered a sense of peace. The structure of the abbey is impressive and the facade very graceful. The interior of the church is very nice but the thing that struck me the most is the very well preserved cloister. There are also beautiful frescoes, unfortunately only partial but with beautiful colors. Admission is free. There is also a small bar in the hotel-lined car park with a friendly and friendly staff.
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