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Abbazia di Fossanova, Fossanova

#5 of 23 in Historic Sites in Province of Latina
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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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  • Place not to be missed, Abbey well maintained and quite impressive. Remarkable architecture of cloister
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  • It's great to get into this village, small but nice. You get the feeling that time has stopped except for ... wedding photographer on duty ... which drives the small drone for the pictures from above. Is the screech of iron against the stone. A wedding here is beautiful ... If you had the grace and the taste to respect the place and appreciate the feeling of asceticism that inspires the Church with its pure, clean lines. Nice place, easy to reach. In the village there is also a great restaurant that I intend to visit: it was who was also involved in the wedding banquet.
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  • The Abbey is wonderful, unique and perfectly preserved. Pity that the Cathedral was prevented from entering at the discretion of a lady and not of the monk who was with her. We will definitely return ... hoping to find the ' owner ' of the Abbey nn.
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  • A very peacefull and relaxing place to visit.
  • As a farm Valley surrounded by fields. But here the owner was a community of Friars: Friars ' church stands a huge, the Palace and the homes of peasants in the service of the monastic community. The collection is really impressive and enjoyable. P.s.: I heard a friar, who acted as guide, complain about Napoleon. He, as he would later Garibaldi, had expropriated all assets, and ousted the entire monastic community. A just complaint I would say, if there had not been the French Revolution and the seed of freedom that followed, now monks, priests, bishops and popes would still be in power together with Dukes, counts, Kings and emperors, to share power and wealth at the expense of the people; In short, we'd still be the mythical middle ages.
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  • Bellissimo Borgo medioevale, che ospiterà SKY WINE-FOSSANOVA/Edizione "Bianchi & Bollicine" Sabato e domenica 8 9 luglio a nel Borgo Medioevale di Fossanova, Priverno tra atmosfere e le nostre degustazioni d'eccellenza magiche! Lunedì 10 luglio giornata riservata agli opera tori del settore alberghiero-ristorativo.
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  • Surrounded by typical atmosphere of Cistercian abbeys, is an oasis of beauty and tranquility in which to recuperate. The Abbey is also visited the cell where Saint Thomas Aquinas spent his last days.
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  • Bellissimo il Borghetto dinfossanova. Also an ideal place to get married. Nice and relaxing place. Shame we could not do the guided tour.
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