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 great place to visit to get lost in their own thoughts and finding faith. Silence, hospitality and beautiful views are the masters. History and culture help to create this fantastic painting. A must see!!
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  • but not engaging emotionally as the other abbeys of the via francigena that I visited. It is probably due to the isolated location not much like any other.
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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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  • The church dedicated to the Virgin Mary and the martyr Saint Stephen, perfectly reflects the severity of the Cistercian rule, based on the vow, isolation and Opus Dei: a solemn architecture, austere elegance, bare and free of pictorial ornaments, in an arcane atmosphere of essentiality and profound spirituality.
  • Great and beautiful abbey to stop and pray! And many people don’t know this, but this is the place where St. Thomas Aquinas die.
  • Peaceful stop on the Via Francegena
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  • Wonderful !!
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