Abbey of Sassovivo, Foligno

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The Abbey of Sassovivo is a Benedictine monastery in Umbria in central Italy. Administratively, it is a frazione of the comune of Foligno.GeographyThe abbey lies in an ancient oak wood, 6 km from Foligno. Located at an altitude of 565 m on a rocky spur at the foot of Mount Serrone, it overlooks the Valle Umbra.HistoryThe abbey was founded by the Benedictines around 1070, probably by one Mainhard coming from Santa Maria di Sitria. The abbey was based on an existing castle of the Monaldi family, on a site probably used in ancient times by the Umbri as sanctuary.The abbey soon increased its power and prestige thanks to numerous donations. In 1138 its possession extended from Rome (the basilica of Santi Quattro Coronati) to Perugia, Spoleto and Camerino. In the following centuries it had 97 monasteries, 41 churches and 7 hospitals. In the late 15th century the abbey passed to the Olivetan Benedictines.The abbey started to decay from the 15th century. In the course of the Napoleonic Wars, it was partially closed and in 1860, after the fall of the Papal States, its dependencies were divided between the Italian state, the local bishopric and privates. Today, part of the Abbey belongs to the Diocese of Foligno, another part to the State and the third part to a private family.
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  • August 17, 2017
    A place not very easy to reach, but it is definitely worth it. The road at times seems steep and in the surrounding area there is pure silence. Once upon a time you can enjoy a spectacle beautiful. Bo...  more »
  • August 2, 2017
    The Abbey of Sassovivo is located a few kilometers from Foligno. Its Romanesque cloister is spectacular and well preserved. A beautiful website for silence, nature and history. From the cloister leads to the monastery, for a meditative pause. The Abbey is located in a place that brings peace and serenity, spiritual atmosphere and satisfying than surpasses worship.
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  • July 18, 2017
    The Abbey, in advanced stage of restoration after damage caused by an earthquake, is a real gem. Visiting alone, cloister and wonderful as the crypt building architecture. And then that sense of peace ... Passed to Foligno? a detour it deserves, the Abbey, by the way, is placed in a very nice environment. Above you will find the sources of Sassovivo with Prime water cooler "straight from the source" of Italy.
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  • Beautiful place with a beautiful walk in the woods that leads to a great scenery ... Perfect for a Sunday in peace
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  • One of the most beautiful places of Umbria with a community of monks living and transmit an intense spirituality
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  • Very charming
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  • The cloister: little gem in a green setting!
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  • In a valley of Oaks and olive trees appears the Abbey of Sassovivo, solitary and bright. Its cloister is worth a trip.
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