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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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  • Do read the reviews and commentary written in Italian by authentic Italians to get a thorough appreciation and feeling for the importance of this place in the cultural heritage of Italy before you go ...  more »
  • An abbey just outside Foligno in a beautiful woodland setting. Built in XI century on the site of a previous fortified residence it became quite wealthy before 1400,but later fell into a decline. The ...  more »
  • This place is really not to be missed for the columns in the courtyard are so unique and beautiful. I would love to go back just to draw them. This is a place where peace and tranquility can be found.  more »
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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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