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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.Our Albugnano trip planning tool makes visiting Abbazia di Santa Maria di Vezzolano and other Albugnano attractions simple, and helps you make a travel plan personal to you.
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Abbazia di Santa Maria di Vezzolano Reviews
fabiobartoliAugust 16, 2017
Grazie alla guida del Touring dedicata alle Langhe, Roero e Monferrato decidiamo di visitare questo magnifico gioiello ritenuto il più alto esempio di romanico in Piemonte. Ciò che sorprende maggiorme... more »Thanks to the Touring guide dedicated to the Langhe, Roero and Monferrato we decide to visit this magnificent jewel held the highest example of Romanesque art in Piedmont. What surprises most is the conservation status of the property after 900 years after building while several times. To mention the bas-reliefs on the entrance portal, the magnificent altar made of terracotta and the amazing frescoes. Commendable effort of the Group of volunteers is responsible to guarantee the opening and supervision. Inconceivable that the entrance is free in places at this level you have to expect the visitor's contribution to maintaining a great work like this.
Giordano Fausto PAugust 15, 2017
Bellissima Abbazia romanica con accesso libero e piccolo museo interno con belle spiegazione del luogo. Visitatelo more »Beautiful Romanesque Abbey with free access and small museum inside with a beautiful explanation of the place. Check it out
andrea zAugust 15, 2017
Da non perdere la visita all'Abbazia di Vezzolano, spettacolare!Dopo un pranzo da re da Al Gottardo siamo stati in questa abbazia che sembra un castello. Da vedere! more »Do not miss a visit to the Abbey of Vezzolano, spectacular! After a lunch with King from The Gotthard stayed in this Abbey that looks like a castle. To see!
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.
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.
Claudio maurelliNational Monument. Pure Romanesque style. Beautiful facility. Seeing the entrance sculpture and the cloister with many frescoes. Panoramic position.
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.
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