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Abbazia di Fossanova, Fossanova
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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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  • I am definitely biased because I live in Priverno Fossanova Abbey, but is unique in Italy. A wonderfully preserved Cistercian Abbey, situated in a village entirely pedestrian zone. A place where you can breathe in European culture, I visited the twin monasteries that are in Burgundy and Fossanova is definitely more attractive and more imposing. In other countries there would be a maximum enhancement of a place where spirituality, architecture and culture coexist magically. The place where he died St Thomas Aquinas would need another tourist resonance. Also point out the presence of a restaurant, a bar, an archaeological museum and a homemade biscuit.
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  • Beautiful, unspoiled gem of Cistercian architecture, we discover in a Green Valley, an oasis of peace just disturbed by the noise of cars of the nearby road. Pure beauty that takes your breath away and excites. The cloister with the simple garden inspire serenity. In one corner, above the typical polygonal Lantern previously seen in Chiaravalle Milanese and Paradigna. Eternal praise to the Cistercian monks who left us these monuments to faith and beauty.
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  • So much is made of cathedrals and basilicas and the arts that they hold, and rightfully so. But a visit to a monastery leaves you with an understanding of religious retreats and their purpose to their...  more »
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  • A very peacefull and relaxing place to visit.
  • Inviting atmosphere, well worth a visit. Outside there is a small village where there is a bar and some small shop. Out from the road ... the Council a breakfast outside.
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  • Which already existed in the 12th century (when it passed by the Benedictines to the Cistercians, who live there still), the Abbey is a unique and amazing, thanks to the spectacle offered by the Church (note the mighty tiburium and cosmatesque work in façade), solemn and beautiful in its simplicity, the beautiful cloister with coupled columns, from the environment to the infirmary, where according to tradition Saint Thomas Aquinas died.
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  • Mystical place. Silence and prayer are spontaneous
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  • Abbey visit, times: Winter 7.00 7.00 15.00 -17.30 summer -12.00 -12.00. historical Reenactments 16.00 -19.30.11, 12, 13 medieval Fossanova August h 20.00
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