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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 here an abbey 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 were used sandstone and bricks 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.Arrange to visit Abbazia di Santa Maria di Vezzolano and other attractions in Albugnano using our Albugnano trip itinerary builder.
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Bellissimo complesso medievale ben tenuto e con una bellissima leggenda raccontata da un volontario che ci ha guidato alla scoperta dell Abbazia....la storia della sua costruzione è ritratta nei dipin... more »Beautiful medieval complex well maintained with a beautiful legend told by a volunteer who drove us to the discovery of Abbazia....la history of its construction is depicted in murals in the cloister. ... legend has it that Charlemagne during a day of hunting in the lands of Albugnano meets three skeletons come out of a tomb scared begged the virginal Mary. ... the agenda says that in the place of the apparition had built the Abbey. ... the story is told from bravo volunteer who explains and tells with passion the history and secrets of this place ... very nice Portal welcomes visitors
il luogo è ameno, in fondo a una conca ai piedi della collina di Albugnano. L'abbazia è in stile romanico-gotico, una costruzione solida e armonica con un chiostro suggestivo.Interessanti gli affresch... more »the place is pleasant, at the bottom of a basin at the foot of the Hill of Albugnano. The Abbey is built in Romanesque-Gothic style, a solid construction and harmonica with a suggestive cloister. Interesting frescoes of the Church and the cloister. worth visiting
Se avete in mente una visita nel Monferrato non potete non passare dall'abbazia di Vezzolano. Situato in un luogo ameno, lontano dal traffico e dal rumore. Tutt'attorno ci sono vigneti, boschi e tranq... more »If you are planning a visit to Monferrato you cannot switch from the Abbey of Vezzolano. Located in a pleasant place, away from the traffic and noise. All around there are vineyards, forests and quiet paths.
It is so beautiful!
Carlo RasoBeautiful! I was already past it several times from Albugnano, a place very high where, on clear days, you can splurge on Turin, and all the Western Alps, where in the Middle stands the Monviso, but I never stopped to visit the Abbey. What a surprise! Is truly a gem among these hills. I don't want to tell the story that you can comfortably read on the internet or on commentary you will find upon entering the Church in some media on the right side, but I advise you to stop and enjoy this pleasant and quiet. You enter the Church initially and then moving in the cloister that despite the passage of Napoleon and its use as a granary in that period, still preserves some beautiful frescoes of 1300. The visit is free of charge, within a small shop with books and local products like honey. Not to be missed.
Paolo PorcellanaAlthough just a few steps from Turin, wedged in a valley between the hills of Piedmont, it exudes a different air. Spirituality and peace now affects the human soul. Recommend to visit in sunny days during the week so that you can enjoy without too many visitors, or in the morning on weekends, when the flow is less.
Claudio maurelliNational Monument. Romanesque. Cloister of Istria. Beautiful facility. Panoramic position.
Andrea FucarinoA magnificent place, the atmosphere of peace and tranquility, the Abbey dating back to the year 1095, currently is open free of charge, thanks to a group of volunteers within its walls is planted an Apple Orchard of ancient varieties, also this cared for and maintained by the volunteers of the Association of the Vicarage Orchard of Vezzolano "that since 1996 in collaboration with the Soprintendenza ai Beni Architettonici ed Ambientali del Piemonte Planted the Orchard
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