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Abbazia di Santa Maria Arabona, Manoppello
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Santa Maria Arabona is a Cistercian abbey in Abruzzo, in central Italy. It is located at Manoppello in the frazione also called Santa Maria Arabona. In Roman times the area was sacred to the goddess of fertility and virginity Bona Dea.ArchitectureThe most important of the abbey buildings still extant is its church, dedicated to the Virgin Mary, whose construction began in 1208 with the transept and the apse. The edifice remained partly unfinished, due to financial and political troubles within the order.The church is built on the Latin Cross plan, with the nave ending in an apse housing the high altar. The aisles support the ceiling. The interior is very sober, apart from the richly decorated tabernacle and Paschal candle in Gothic style. The choir contains frescoes by Antonio Martini di Atri dated 1377.The church, which was restored in the 1950s, is surrounded by a park from which the rest of the abbey is accessed.
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  • Visited this place as my husband's family is from this area. Really impressed. There was a wedding getting ready when we visited and the church was even more fascinating with flowers inside. A must- v...  more »
  • In this Abbey my wife and I got married in 1989. Today we visited again and despite the weather always has its charm.
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  • Erected from 1197, still retains the original architectural structure of French taste, characterized by squared elements, beautiful rosettes, austere appearance. Inside the beautiful harmonious and spacious marble Paschal candelabrum emerges carved spiral columns and the Tabernacle, as well as some medieval frescos of the XIV-XV century. Worth seeing it!
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  • Splendid Romanesque church, surrounded by a beautiful garden, ideal for ceremonies.
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  • The Church of the mysteries
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  • My gorgeous wedding!
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