Abbazia di Fossanova, Fossanova

Fossanova Abbey, earlier Fossa Nuova, is a Cistercian monastery in Italy, in the province of Latina, near the railway-station of Priverno, about 100km south-east of Rome.HistoryThis Cistercian abbey is one of the finest examples of the Burgundian Early Gothic style in Italy, dated from around 1135. Consecrated in 1208 by monks of the mother abbey of Hautecombe, retains the bare architecture, the magnificent rose window and finely carved capitals, reflecting the prominent role within the area.A monk of Fossanova compiled the Annales Ceccanenses down to 1218.En route to the Second Council of Lyon in 1274, the Dominican scholastic Thomas Aquinas died in the abbey on 7 March. Since 1935 pastoral duties in the local abbey parish were entrusted to the care of Franciscan Friars Community (OFMConv.).ArchitectureThe frugal Gothic church is cruciform and square-ended, closely similar to that of Casamari and also of the great church at Citeaux. The church is flanked on one side by the cloister, along with the refrectory and chapter house and on the other side by the cemetery. The nave at Fossanova dates from 1187 and the church was consecrated in 1208.
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  • A really nice place to visit with small shops to explore with great cakes. The Abbey of end 1100 is very special in its Romanesque cloister and all gardens around, very well maintained.
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  • It is a masterpiece of Cistercian architecture (12th century) and are recognizable the innovations introduced by the monastic order consequent on their reform, more austere, of the Benedictine rule. In this Abbey monastic order thought forms are a perfect definition: art is used differently doesn't illustrate anything; in the Interior, simple, there are no paintings, decorations, stone nude, communicate otherwise conveying a sense of infinite peace, you feel something great, unique. Seeing, bearing in mind the lack of flashy elements: the upward thrust of the internal structures, highlighted by the light that hits the Center area by shattering into countless rays that draw beams of light along the walls or cross to different heights predominance the robust masonry volumes; the sculptural decoration is limited to the cloister (one side is Gothic) to the portals (fantastic mosaic on the lintel), columns (there's also one on belts) and the original capitals (to crochet) characterized by supple and delicate and elegant rhythms pads decorative. Even the exterior of travertine, on which stands the Bell Tower (tiburio) adorned by thin mullions which give impetus and lightness to the structure, punctuated by blind arches, arches and buttresses and Lancet Windows is appreciated as important signals a Cluniac penetration in Italy. Admission free, hourly all day from 8 to 18 (19 DST)
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  • A magnificent Gothic Abbey, which you never get tired to admire (and photograph, as it offers beautiful views!). The cell of Saint Thomas.
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  • Very beautiful !!!
  • Peaceful stop on the Via Francegena
  • A very peacefull and relaxing place to visit.
  • If you go around here you can't beat this Abbey. It is surrounded by greenery and seems to take a dip in the past. The place has been kept so well that sound just like the medieval atmosphere, silence and tranquility. Inside there is also a small village with few shops selling both gadget for tourists but also and above all of the delicious cakes and biscuits. I mean if you go to Priverno and not stop in this Abbey be missing the opportunity to live a moment of tranquility and enjoy cookies like your grandmother made them
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  • Really a great place. Well maintained with many things to admire. Still inhabited the Abbey. In the territory there is a restaurant and a bar. In addition to a bazaar that sells gadgets and more
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