Monastero di Fonte Avellana, Serra Sant'Abbondio

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Fonte Avellana or the Venerable Hermitage of the Holy Cross, is a Roman Catholic hermitage in Serra Sant'Abbondio in the Marche region of Italy. It was once also the name of an order of hermits based at this hermitage.HistoryFonte Avellana was established by a group of hermits living at that site around 980. The tradition of the monastery holds that it was founded by Ludolfi Pamfili, a former soldier, later hermit. It was closely connected to the reforms of St. Romuald, and its early customs and documents share much in common with the nearby hermitage of Camaldoli which Romuald founded. In 1035 Peter Damian entered the community, where he became a Benedictine monk and became prior in 1143. He enlarged the library, constructed a nearby cloister, and established a monastic house near San Severino. Albertino of Montone later also became prior there.It was raised to the status of an abbey in 1325, and remains the only Camaldolese house to have such a designation (all other such houses being designated simply as hermitages or monasteries). It soon came under lay control, however, and the fortunes of the community quickly deteriorated. The community, in fact, eventually became part of the Camaldolese congregation. Nevertheless, it continued in existence, until it was scattered by Napoleonic forces. Yet after the upheavals of that period, the monastic community was again established and continues today as a major house of the congregation.
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  • We were a bit disappointed in finding that there is very little left of this important historic place, and that it has been completely, although tastefully, restored in the 20th century. What still im...  more »
  • It is truly a peaceful place with a few well preserved buildings and the natural surroundings are beautiful and tranquil. The location is a bit remote and, I have to say, driving on the road up to the...  more »
  • beautiful monastery in a beautiful place but with many tourists, you can visit with a tour guide, take care cause the visit it's not hourly  more »
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  • XII century building surrounded by the mountains where silence is a gift of God feel blessed.
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  • A peace of mind then there is a selling point of many excellent natural products created by various brothers
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  • Gorgeous! Great to rediscover yourself (are also organized many courses) or simply for a lovely and a breath of pure air! The guided tour is not very long but it is nevertheless rich! Splendid!
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  • Peculiar experience. I attended the first week of August the lessons of his father Mario on forgiveness that liberates. The high spiritual and intellectual honesty unit thickness deep I have involved and allowed us to contextualize the grace of forgiveness received.
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