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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.Using our international travel planner, Manoppello attractions like Abbazia di Santa Maria Arabona can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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Abbazia di Santa Maria Arabona Reviews
mbonardiAugust 16, 2017
Lungo la via Tiburtina in direzione di Pescara, a pochi chilometri di distanza dalla bellissima chiesa di san Clemente a Casauria si trova la chiesa altrettanto interessante di Santa Maria in Arabona.... more »Along the via Tiburtina towards Pescara, a few kilometres away from the beautiful church of san Clemente a Casauria is the Church Santa Maria Arabona is just as interesting. Was founded in the 13th century. as a Cistercian Monastery. The Gothic architecture of the Church is perhaps the only example of Cistercian Gothic architecture in Abruzzo. The Church has a Latin cross structure divided into three naves. Was not finished and was left unfinished after the transept. In other words it is a church without façade. Nevertheless, the Interior is majestic with high pillars ending in a pointed vaulted roof. Among the furnishings: a candlestick resting on column decorated with floral motifs. Three frescoes of the fourteenth century. , in excellent condition, you can see behind the altar. Santa Maria di Arabona is a place of worship that has an extreme charm and well worth a visit. Inquire though on opening to the public. Mario
AriStidAugust 6, 2017
Questa magnifica Abbazia, sorta sui resti di un tempio romano Ara bona (dea) da qui il nome, in alta posizione su colle verdeggiante che domina la valle, fondata e poi abbandonata dai Cistercensi ed o... more »This magnificent Abbey, built on the remains of a Roman temple Ara bona (dea) hence the name, in high position on green hill overlooking the Valley, founded and then abandoned by the Cistercians and now entrusted to the Salesian Fathers, is a significant testimony to the local Romanesque, with its Latin cross, only for the part of the transept, which still gives us a wonderful time in cruise , a rose window in the apse and always in the apse frescoes preserved by Antonio Martini di Atri (a Holy crowned, Maria and the crucifixion), a spectacular Tabernacle and a column for the Paschal candle. In a chapel in the left transept now destined to the equestrian order of the Holy Sepulchre, other beautiful frescos later (with a deposition of Christ, Saint Sebastian and Saint Dominic).
Andrea BJune 2, 2017
Stupenda Abbazia del xiii Secolo, circondata da un Meraviglioso giardino-Ricca di Storia, curata e Pulita-sempre aperta, con un Frate, Nicola, Gentilissimo e Soave, colmo di Simpatia-Una Immensa Luce ... more »Beautiful 13th century Abbey, surrounded by a wonderful garden-rich in history, neat and tidy-always open, with a brother, Nicholas, very kind and sweet, full of sympathy--an immense Inner essence of man, and Christian light surrounds you-you remain our favourites from such beauty and peace in the background the Majella...in defense and austere, Impressive-highly recommend-a showpiece of our Abruzzo, strong and gentle.
Fabio PiovillicoBeautiful place, beautiful, lovely labyrinth outside the Church, recommended for those who love this kind of scenery and tranquility
Andrea BredaBeautiful church
Fabiola SarchioneAbbey from the intriguing story. Small, but intense of architectural details. Garden very impressive to see in any season!
Paolo ColameoSplendid Romanesque church, surrounded by a beautiful garden, ideal for ceremonies.
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