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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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Ambiente curato, molto suggestivo al suo interno ed anche nell'esterno, arricchito da un giardino ben tenuto dove si affaccia una villa antica dove è stata costruita l'abbazia probabilmente di pertine... more »Nice, very impressive inside as well as outside, enriched by a well kept garden overlooked by an ancient villa where the Abbey was built probably pertaining as they did at one time ... the villa overlooks a fountain where the water gushes and takes us back in time
ci si arriva da una piccola stradina sebbene poco pubblicizzata rispetto ad altre chiese pescaresi .. cosi appare un oasi di preghiera e spiritualità con una fantastica chiesa gotica pulita e imponent... more »You can get there from a small alley although little publicized than other churches of Pescara. so it appears an oasis of prayer and spirituality with a fantastic Gothic church clean and impressive ... congratulations to the pastor who also maintains a well kept garden and harmonious ...
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
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