Abbazia Polirone, San Benedetto Po

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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  • Very nice, open to visitors by respecting some schedules and guide made by volunteers by purchasing a ticket, either individually or together with the rest of the museum complex.
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  • Very interesting visit. The guide is very helpful. Unfortunately we only had 1 hour and a half and there is a lot to see. A happy return to the opening to devote all the time it deserves. Sin is little known
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  • After visiting in October the lands of Matilda of Canossa, to complete the itinerary could not miss S:benedetto Little place very dear to her and where she was buried before being transferred in S:Pietro in Rome several centuries later. We were very surprised by the beautiful church was recently restored after the earthquake, and the entire monastic complex. A commendation goes to the volunteer staff accompanying the visit of the entire complex. Good
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