Abbazia di Santa Maria Arabona, Manoppello

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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  • And visit a beautiful sanctuary with ancient references due to the passage of the legendary Knights Templar and great visibility in the Valley with a typical restaurant in the area
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  • 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
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  • 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 ...
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