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Sant'Anselmo all'Aventino, Rome

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Sant'Anselmo all'Aventino is a Roman Catholic church, monastery and college located on Cavalieri di Malta Square on the Aventine Hill in Rome's Ripa rione. It is named in honor of Saint Anselm of Canterbury.HistoryThe buildings were designed by Hildebrand de Hemptinne and Fidelis von Stotzingen and built in 1900. The International College of Sant' Anselmo is located here, as is the seat of the Abbot Primate of the Federation of the 'Black Monks' (which includes all monks under the Rule of St Benedict except the Cistercians and the Trappists). The attached abbey is called Badia Primaziale (Primatial Abbey) of the Order of Saint Benedict. The complex also hosts the Pontificio Ateneo Sant Anselmo, including the Pontifical Liturgical Institute, and the Philosophy and Theology faculties.The church has a basilical plan, and its mosaics have only the figures in mosaic and no background. The paschal candlestick is modern but in the Cosmatesque style. The crypt can be visited, through a door by the altar of the Blessed Sacrament. Behind this altar is a statue of St Benedict, with his arms raised in prayer - the posture in which he died.
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  • The Benedictine church of St. Anselm is dedicated to the holy archbishop of Canterbury. The access gate leads through a driveway to the four-door where the bronze statue of St. Anselm is placed. Inside, under the main altar in white marble, are preserved the relics of St. Anselm. The church is known for performing Gregorian chants and for the hospitality offered to the Dalai Lama, at the monastery, during his visit to Rome. At present, renovations are under way and are expected to be completed by the end of September 2019.
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  • From the abbey of St. Anselm you can enjoy one of the best views of Rome, the dome of St. Peter seems to touch it. The neo-Roman monastic complex is very well cared for and is divided into three cloisters, the large basilica decorated with mosaics. The abbey was built on a previous Roman villa of which is preserved inside a large and well-restored mosaic of the imperial age. The abbey home to a prestigious university has an important library for philosophical and theological studies.
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  • The church of St. Anselm in Aventino was built in relatively recent times, towards the end of the nineteenth century, although from the outside it may seem older. It is part of a single complex that also includes the Benedictine monastery, from which it is managed. Internally it is really simple and free of any decoration excluding some mosaics. Very nice the cloister that precedes the entrance. You can access this church on the corner of the square of the Knights of Malta, crossing a quiet garden where there is also a shop and bar. If you are passing through the area a short visit you can do it.
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  • Best theological classes
  • Good place to get Benedict trappist beers. But the price is high and they charge additionally for WC.
  • Very quite and relaxed place that I suggest to visit and discovering the benedectin life!
  • Beautiful church on the Aventino. Out of the beaten path but well worth it.
  • Vers nice place on the hill over the City
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