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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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  • A small church suitable for weddings but to enrich with many flowers otherwise is a bit bare. Very nice garden in front
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  • The Abbey of Santa Maria Arabona, which dominates the town, Manoppello, a village of 7,000 souls allocated in the mountain community of Maiella and Morrone, can enjoy a convenient location in Pescara half distance between the Adriatic coast and the mountains all around. A mild place since medieval times was chosen by the Cistercian monks who lived in the Abbey of Santa Maria Arabona (1208-1576) after you received as a gift, in 1197, the land and other property, by the brothers Gentile and manner of Sicilian Valley Palearea, Guardiagrele, Lords of Manoppello and accounts on which in 1208 built the Abbey, whose monument is inspired by art of Burgundy and still the destination of many tourists and believers. The building, which looks like a singular Gothic church with a central plan with the plan faces East, (strictly complies with the oldest Cistercian building standards) was never completed. Particular beauty is the Memorial of the Paschal candle, a white stone column about six meters high. The elegance of the sculpture is characterized by a strong iconographic symbolism, according to which Christ with the Church are represented in the upper part of the sculpture, as if to overcome evil universal, depicted by two dogs and two lions, one of which has been lost. The frescoes in the aisles gift to rear to the rigor of Cistercian rule, which prohibited the decoration of the Church. The middle one is the crucifixion with the Virgin and Saint John the Evangelist. The Church is a place of prayer unbroken by eight centuries before for the presence of the Cistercian monks, then of the Franciscan friars, the barons Zambra became the owners in 1799, transforming the monastery into a home while leaving the Church opened for worship; the Salesian Fathers (who in 1968 received the donation of the Abbey by the barons) and of the priests of the Archdiocese of Chieti-Vasto, by virtue of the donation that in 1999 the Salesians did to the diocese.
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  • Was the location where I got married ... For me there is most beautiful church. Only, well taken care of .... I get excited every time I look at her
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  • Splendid Romanesque church, surrounded by a beautiful garden, ideal for ceremonies.
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  • Place of misticita '
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  • The Church of the mysteries
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  • My gorgeous wedding!
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