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Abbazia Greca di San Nilo, Grottaferrata

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  • The abata Nile, born in Byzantine Calabria and then source and Greek finger founded this Basilica in the year 1004 before the Schism between the Catholic Church and the Orthodox Church. It is a particular Church of the Eastern rite of the Catholic Church, immediately subject to the Holy See. The exterior was restored in neo-Gothic 19th century buildings respecting 1930. The Interior originally Romanesque, in 1754 he introduced Baroque finishes. Attached photo.
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  • We went back, my husband and I, and before, to see this beautiful Abbey, where beauty and silence are sovereign. You will see this Abbey and its beautiful bell tower and then, entering a oh! Miss you and wonder, and when you see the Farnese Chapel in which, for the intervention of cardinal Farnese in 1609, Domenichino frescoed the walls and Annibale Carracci executed the altarpiece with Madonna and child between two founding Saints, a second oh! you will escape. Then other wonders you'll discover. I will tell you a few things, because this is a don't miss a few kilometers from Rome and then because its fascinating history should be read carefully. This is a fortified complex dedicated to Santa Maria and was built around the year 1000, on an existing villa romana, by Byzantine monks from Calabria and led by San Nilo. The construction lasted 20 years. Cardinal Della Rovere, who later became Pope Julius II, in the late 15th century, did incorporate the Abbey in a powerful circle of walls with four towers and a moat.
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  • The Greek Abbey of San Nilo celebrating a Catholic mass with the Greek Orthodox rite. The mass is sung almost entirely in Greek, and there is a stable Choir every Sunday. The place is very impressive as it presents clear traces of an ancient history. The country name "Grottaferrata" comes from a crypt the "crypta ferrata" place where the Virgin Mary appeared to Saint Nilus and Bartholomew.
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  • The free tour is very extensive with lots of info, but only in Italian.
  • It's a brautiful church bearing 1000-year history!
  • It is the only Catholic Abbey in Italy with the Byzantine rite. On Sundays there are guided tours. With the guide you can learn about the underside, with buildings of ancient Rome.
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  • Abbey of San Nilo to see inside for details ... Has a great panoramic view of Rome.
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  • Not only is it one of the most famous places of worship in the area of Castelli Romani, but the Abbey of San Nilo is a remarkable monument, the result of a long history and a cure, arts and culture, which makes it a must see
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