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.HistoryAccording 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.ArchitectureThe 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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  • A jewel in the hills! To visit quietly glancing around. Beautiful exterior and surprising. The small cloister gives a sense of peace.
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  • While visited in a day of water in buckets, one can only be fascinated by this little gem Gothic Romanesque set in the hills of Asti and almost unknown to mass tourism but that rewards you with peace, beauty and art
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  • It is worth making a few kilometres and visit this Abbey. Peace and tranquility are the masters for a step back in time.
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  • The small but beautiful Romanesque abbey of Santa Maria Vezzolano with its echoes of the late fourteenth century, is located in the hilly territory of the municipality of Albugnano in the province and diocese of Asti. In the past, however, it was a "dioecesis nullius" ecclesiastical entity, in other words it was under the immediate jurisdiction of the pope. The so-called “abbey” of Vezzolano was actually a rectory, reformed according to Augustinian rules and it forms part of the group of religious foundations included in the reform movement of the Gregorian Church, which spread in northern Italy between the eleventh and thirteenth centuries.
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  • Come to Vezzolano is always a joy! The Abbey is situated at the bottom of a small valley in an isolated position without that other buildings create dissonances in the landscape. On a weekday, that may happen to be the only visitors, you can imagine medieval pilgrims in search of a refuge for the body and soul. The silence, the crops, the ancient stone naked invite to reflection and dialogue with the divinity. The Church is a wondrous creation of Romanesque art in Piedmont and his chef-d ' œuvre in the beautiful "jubè" with polychrome sculptures. Keep the time to calmly appreciate the frescos of the cloister!
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  • Lovely place! Visited twice, along with friends and their children. This architectural style (Romanesque-Gothic) fascinates me.
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  • Beautiful Abbey situated in a beautiful place. In addition to visiting the Church can take walks along the many trails in the area.
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