Abbazia di Santa Maria di Cerrate, Lecce

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  • August 6, 2017
    Very interesting historical and artistic site. The restoration of it is returning to its former glory. Staff very friendly and helpful.
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  • August 5, 2017
    Well worth a visit to this ancient abbey. Super frescoes and atmosphere. You get a real sense of it's past, how it operated and what FAI are doing to preserve it for future generations. Very friendly ...  more »
  • July 30, 2017
    Us FAI members: it is nice to see how the restoration are carried out even with our small contribution. With the walkways in the yard we were able to see the frescoes that otherwise we would have seen from below. The girl on reception is prepared, very kind and very helpful. OK!
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  • June 20, 2017
    Very interesting Abbey. Now they're renovating and it is very interesting to be able to climb on scaffolding and having a point of view up close and personal with the murals! Outside Romanesque and Byzantine and pseudo-kufic paintings inside. I chose it as the theme for my thesis in medieval art history, because it offers so many beautiful impressions under many different facets. Then lies amidst olive groves but on the way, so very easy to drive. Pity that there is no public transport from Lecce to arrive because the shuttles up costing way too much!
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  • July 22, 2017
    Magic place, immersed in the countryside of Salento, a few Km from Lecce. The original formula "open for restoration work" represents an opportunity to follow the work of restorers and experience the spirit of the yard. The Church is one of the most important examples of the Romanesque. Very interesting also the oil mill and the rest already restored.
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  • May 26, 2017
    Interesting Abbey, now being recovered thanks to loving care in the round of the FAI, after years of decay, looting and neglect. In fact it reads "open for restoration work". Beautiful mosaic remains of ancient frescoes. Capitals "speakers" on the outside porch. Well, the oil mill and Museum worth mentioning. Citrus garden, Herbarium and arnie. A must see at the end of restoration.
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  • June 19, 2017
    In the middle of this beautiful Abbey with interesting Byzantine style frescoes that give tatdogotico. On the left side portico with columns by typical Romanesque capitals with imaginary animals.
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  • June 11, 2017
    Beautiful venue and impressive building site in progress ... the history, art and nature are protagonists
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