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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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  • I visited with friends this historical Abbey and I must confess that this has been an enjoyable and exciting discovery. A big thank you from all of us at Mrs. Eleonora which he courteously and patiently accompanied throughout the visit.
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  • Despite being very close, I never devoted proper attention to this complex. So I decided to dedicate a Sunday morning. The entrance to the Abbey is free, and to see the rest you have to resort to a guided tour. Calculate about two hours for the visit of the entire complex. Beautiful decoration of the ceilings of the Abbey and of the sacristy. Note the choir around the altar. And don't forget about the terracotta statues adorning the walls. A praise to guides, volunteers in the country, which are doing their utmost to make it as rewarding as possible visit.
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  • After years, I decided to visit the monastery of my country, by means of a guide. Charming and quaint, rich in history and art. Shame about the poor lighting of the basilica.
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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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