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Abbazia della Novalesa, Novalesa

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  • Lovely place. With monks thrilled with good products in ' annexe convience. A moment of peace away from the madding crowd.!
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  • the Abbey is located just beyond the village and can be easily reached by car. about 500 m away there is a small parking lot and in theory it should be left there the means but I have also seen people you posteggiavano doorstep. is not very big. freely you can visit:-the Abbey Church-rebuilt in 700 by engineer bertola, the one who designed the Fort of fenestrelle, not particularly interesting if not for the frescoes that you can see in the apse where, however, cannot be accessed and in the first chapel on the left-fragments of frescoes are also visible in the Museum-; -a room where the model of the Abbey accompanied by an information panel that tells the whole story of the complex and its handled. quite boring and difficult to read; -the inner courtyard which was the old cloister surrounded by the Museum and the shop; -the store where the monks sell products made by them: honey of different qualities, hazelnut cream, cookies, candies, teas, etc; -the Museum, placed next to the shop and partly in the old refectory. the Museum consists of 3 different parts, placed in 4 rooms. in the first and fourth room is the archaeological museum. There are about seventy, Roman and medieval artefacts unearthed following excavations carried out on the spot: fragments of columns, capitals, quoins, shingles, a mill set in the wall, a tombstone, marble decorations and frescoes of the Church is what we can see. 4 panels in the first room about the chapels, the Church and the relics while the other 8 Hall of exhibits are accompanied by a short explanation. in the second room there is the Museum of BOOK RESTORATION. 3 showcases that occupy the 3 sides of the room briefly tell the story of the book, dividing it into 3 sections:-support for writing: concise captions mention the Papyrus, parchment, paper and some types of the latter, as the watermark, as well as the way they produced while in the showcase you can see examples of these different materials; -structure of the book: here we explain the various parts that make up the book with special attention to the cover and the ornaments that you applied. There are also examples of books from other parts of the world-Japan, the Middle East and little else-. -diseases and restoration of the book: you describe briefly the problems that can affect the books, from insects to pollution and "tells" succinctly as restoring any missing sheets. the third room is devoted to the MUSEUM of the HISTORY of monasticism. in the Centre of the Hall a circular display cabinet exposes on two floors soapstone and ceramic pottery, medieval and Renaissance. all around the Hall very well done short panels tell the story of monasticism from its beginning in the 3rd century. There are about 50, simple sliding and although reading everything still takes some time. presents the most important figures such as Saint Anthony and Saint Benedict, then move on to the history of the Abbey of novalesa, from its origins to modern times. the tour ends with a description of the typical day of the monks, divided between work, guest reception and prayer. altogether the Museum is really interesting, especially in the section about monasticism. some rethinking maybe the part about the books and the restoration. the materials on display are not particularly significant and the Windows should be cleaned inside. hours of operation from 16 September to 30 September are as follows: 9.30-12.30/Saturday and Sunday 14.00-16.00. Unfortunately they are a bit reduced as much as the caretaker, seeing the high turnout of people, at 4 didn't feel close and allowed visitors to stay inside even after hours. from 1 July to 15 September is also open during the week, except Thursday, 9.30-12.30/14.30-: 17.30. definitely better because reading all of the panels and captions takes about 2 and a half hours. the halls are placed even 5 tourist information panels that indicate the sites of interest nearby sights-museums, peaks, rock carvings, frescoes, etc.-. at times you can also take guided tours lasting about an hour, at chapels not far from the main complex. are attainable only by the leadership because over a locked gate, apart that is dedicated to our Lady lying in Meadow halfway between Opatija and parking. is closed but the grating of the door you can see the fresco in the apse. the one opposite the façade is unfortunately not visible. the Guide, really well prepared and competent--it wasn't a monk as I saw that they also deal with requests-first wallah in a room next to the Museum and explains the whole history of the Abbey since it was founded in 726 to the present day, showing the model on a screen of the complex to describe its various parts and then explains in detail with picture support for the frescoes in the chapel of Saint eldrado because inside the chapel you can stop only a few minutes and couldn't do there the explanation. then you move next to the complex where there are 3 chapels of Saint Michael, Saint eldrado and the Savior. Santa maria and san michele are coeval to the complex, the other two were created 200 years later. San michele is currently closed as though restored is not yet opened and therefore is not open to the public. visiting instead Saint eldrado which is wonderfully painted in its entirety and the savior who has more murals. There is the tomb of an unknown soldier of World War II in it. the Guide also shows the landscape, with the rocciamelone overlooking the Valley and the village of venaus in the distance. the guided tour is free. You can still make a donation or buy the products of the store that I found unfortunately a bit dear. in summer the visits take place at 10.30, 11.30, 15.30 and 16.30. from 15 September to 30 June only at 10.30 and 11.30. are not carried out visits to chapels in inclement weather. the landscape is really fascinating. near the parking lot and into the Woods in front of the Abbey there are two waterfalls within easy reach, especially the first. also ideal for walks in the Valley. highly recommended is the guided tour at the Museum!
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  • Yesterday morning a little after 8 we were at the Abbey, knowing full well we'd found everything closed except the Church. We just wanted to pray and the two of us in the silence we tried a beautiful feeling. This church is not a great artistic heritage, but inside you feel a incredible spirituality. On other occasions we visited the monastic building and medieval chapels outside and found everything very interesting
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