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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 »
  • As others have said, this is a relatively remote church, but if you are near here - and I sincerely recommend you visit this area - please visit this very tranquil and beautiful church. As part of an ...  more »
  • Make sure to spend time to stroll through the beautiful gardens here. This is a lovely ancient church. Very good restaurant directkly across from the church.  more »
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  • Beautiful place, beautiful, lovely labyrinth outside the Church, recommended for those who love this kind of scenery and tranquility
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  • Beautiful church
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  • Abbey from the intriguing story. Small, but intense of architectural details. Garden very impressive to see in any season!
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  • Splendid Romanesque church, surrounded by a beautiful garden, ideal for ceremonies.
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  • impressive!
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