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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  • Beautiful abadia, we were very well received, the monk who received us was from Rosario so we started to talk a lot. I told us there is a room where Santo Tomas de Aquino died. There is also a museum and products manufactured by monks are sold. It was a short visit because we were passing through but I would not hesitate to revisit them in time. The Abadia is beautiful. very clean and well maintained
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  • Very nice, even the markets that are held outside, which make the village still very beautiful and alive. Very similar to Casamari, but Casamari stands out for a different beauty, the only thing I did not like is the floor of the restoration, because unfortunately it is of a porous stone that makes it stain immediately and clean little, leaving indelible stains. For the rest very cute and to be visod, to compare and expand the knowledge of the Cistercian world. Too bad not everything is restored and falls into disrepair, but unfortunately Italy is so with cultural heritage. Also beautiful is the museum inside the former guesthouse.
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  • Incredibly beautiful and to be seen, in a village still intact and livable. A community that is still productive and authentic. One of the most beautiful Cistercian abbeys in Italy where St. Thomas Aquinas died. On the occasion of the annual festival, it is filled with artists in common who relive the customs of the period
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  • If you are not interested to visit this Abbey, where Thomas of Aquino lived and died, go there in the evening. It's beautiful illuminated and in this peaceful Borgo near the Abbey are 1) a nice wine bar to have a drink and 2) also a very good restaurant the 'Procoio'.
  • Beautifully bare and ample church. Exactly how I like a place to be and where one can feel closer to faith.
  • I always learn something new every chance I fet to visit the Abbey when I am in the neighbourhood. To get maximum understanding of what you are looking at, I recommend an approved local guide. I can let you know if you need one.
  • Took the scenic route from Naples to Ostia and stopped here to have lunch. The abbey just resonates peace and tranquility. You feel the history of the place bearing down on you. An unexpected pearl in an otherwise pretty standard (but beautiful of course) Italian landscape. Perfect for wedding parties ;)
  • Quiet monastery in the Hills of Lazio. Very nice visit nice coffee, nice setting. A surprise visit Felt like I was in Assassins Creed 2
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