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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  • August 18, 2017
    We visited the basilica and the monastery and the Museum all very interesting. Very nice guide and prepared.
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  • June 14, 2017
    An ancient Abbey, founded by the count of Canossa. Born as a spiritual centre and through the years, undergoes several steps both by property that architecturally. Yesterday big 3 are preserved cloisters, refectory and the basilica. From the medieval period, is the small church of Santa Maria. A gem Sin little noticed, enclosing a eventful history. Inside there is also the Museum of the peasant: beautiful! It's really worth a ride to come and visit and get to know its history! Recommended!!!
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  • May 25, 2017
    Really a nice surprise this Abbey, striking the large square on which faces beautiful, interesting Museum of rural life. In the refectory, then enjoy a fresco by Correggio. The basilica is worth a visit, the tomb of Matilda of Canossa (empty, the body is located in Saint Peter's basilica in Rome), a carved choir and statues of Begarelli there will pay off for the visit.
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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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