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Abbazia Polirone, San Benedetto Po

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The Abbey of San Benedetto in Polirone is a large complex of Benedictine order monastic buildings, including a church and cloisters, located in town of San Benedetto Po, Province of Mantua, Region of Lombardy, Italy. The complex, now belonging to the city, houses offices, a museum, and is open to visitors.HistoryThe abbey was founded in 1007 by Tedald, count of Canossa, the paternal grandfather of Matilda of Canossa, countess of Tuscany, with a grant to the Benedictine monks, of half his land lying between the rivers Po and Lirone, prompting the title "in Polirone". Polirone was the monastery most closely associated with his granddaughter, Matilda, who granted estates and dependencies. Boniface III, Margrave of Tuscany made further grants and commissioned a larger church, housing the remains of the hermit, Simeon of Polirone (died 1016). In 1077 the community passed into the reformed Benedictines under the Abbey of Cluny. At the time of the Gregorian reforms, the abbot was one of the principal proponents of the papacy in the Investiture Conflict.
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  • We visited both the Abbey and the cultural museum. We were treated to over a two hour tour by a local volunteer, Elonora who was so well informed and interesting the time seemed to fly by. This was by...  more »
  • This is one of the most peaceful interesting places to visit in all of "Bassa" area and few seem to know about it or visit it. The Abbey of San Benedetto in Polirone is a great way to spend an afterno...  more »
  • When entering the town of San Benedetto Po the main landmark is this church. Take the time to do the whole tour. The cultural museum alone has a different approach, it shows a complete cross section o...  more »
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  • The Abbey was founded in 1007 by the Margrave tedald of Canossa (Matilde's paternal grandfather) through a donation to the Benedictine monks of half the lands that were among the main course of the Po and its branch said Lirone 1077, when: the clash between Emperor Henry IV and Pope Gregory VII at Canossa, Matilde, successor to his father Boniface , donated the monastery to the Pope, which in his times he entrusted the Abbot of the Abbey of Cluny, Ugo. Between 1115 and the 1632 housed the tomb of Matilda of Canossa. The history of the Abbey in the 1600 and 1700 's history of flooding, wars and looting. The monastery was depleted to such an extent that the Abbot in 1633, Pope Urban VIII sold it to the body of the Countess Matilde, in Exchange for a considerable sum of money. The current façade is the work of Giulio Romano.
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