St. Peter's Abbey, Assisi

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The Abbey of St. Peter in Assisi, Italy, is inhabited by a small community of monks belonging to the Benedictine Cassinese Congregation. They live according to the Rule of St. Benedict, summarized as "Ora et Labora".Cistercian monks, monks Cassinesi came from the nearby monastery of San Pietro in Perugia, at the invitation of Pope Paul V in January 1613. The monastery has supported a hospital for the sick; an agricultural colony; and the Orphanage Ancajani (the name and linked all'Aate Ancajani), run by the Stigmata Sisters. The Benedictine monks of Cassino are still resident.HistoryThe foundation of the Monastery of San Pietro in Assisi is dated 970 A.D.; and is first documented in 1029 A.D. The early Church was a Cluniac monastery. The building was divided into a nave with two aisles with arches supported by columns, and raised presbytery over the crypt. The present building was built over the earlier foundation by Cistercian monks and consecrated by Pope Innocent IV in 1253 The complex can be identified by the dome and square bell tower.DescriptionFaçadeThe Romanesque façade was completed in 1268. It is rectangular, with three entries, each surmounted in the second tier by three rose windows. The two sections are separated by a cornice of hanging arches. The central portal is flanked by two lions. The rosettes contain hints of Gothic styling.InteriorThe interior has a central nave and two aisles in the Romanesque style, with Gothic influences. The aisles contain six tombs of the fourteenth or fifteenth century and the remains of frescoes from the same time. The Chapel of the Blessed Sacrament is in the Gothic style, with a triptych by Matteo da Gualdo. The presbytery is raised in a semicircular apse with adome over the crossing. The interior was restored in 1954.
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  • June 29, 2017
    The Church is just a few steps from St Peter port and is part of the Benedictine Abbey dating from that originated in the 10th century, although we today we can admire the reconstruction took place in the 13th century, the Esplanade leading to the Church is from belvedere on the plain towards Perugia. The façade has three portals and three rose Windows that reflect the internal structure on three Romanesque naves. The presbytery is raised above the House and underneath it there is a crypt. The Interior captivates even more for its austerity that jars with many eighteenth-century neo-Renaissance and baroque churches very decorated six-which we are accustomed. You can admire in the chapel of the blessed fragments of frescoes from the 14th century. There is also a permanent Christmas crib. Unfortunately the visiting hours of the crypt are limited (and limiting) and we couldn't see it. Free access. A short visit is recommended.
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  • June 21, 2017
    We heard these beautiful bells many times per day ringing through the city. Our hotel was directly up the hill from here so we were excited to walk into this church since we overlooked it daily. Histo...  more »
  • June 4, 2017
    Although Assisi is full of churches and cathedrals, visit the Church of St. Peter is not to be missed even to turn in the narrow streets of the lower village. To see both the façade and the Interior.
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  • July 24, 2017
    Simple, but beautiful Romanesque church. Usually almost empty, so enjoy the solitude.
  • August 15, 2017
    In relation to the remaining churches remains decidedly more anonymous although is very cute the permanent Christmas crib
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  • August 13, 2017
    Simple Church and apparently forgotten but important and desired by the monks of St. Benedict at Subasio
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  • December 10, 2016
    Wonderful low-medieval church, very simple, almost austere but for this extremely elegant. The only one with three rose Windows in the façade. Internally has the peculiarity that the altar is sovraelevato and distant from the part dedicated to the faithful. The panorama from the Square is beautiful.
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  • February 21, 2017
    Another beautiful church of Assisi, simple in its structure.
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