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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  • Monastery nestled in the Woods, crosses the door and feel immediately the need to breathe again, I don't mean that mechanical action which unconsciously do it every second, but ... I had a chance to access the ancient library thanks to the studies of a buddy of mine, speechless! The rest of the tour is actually a bit short but worth it. Other minor flaw is the guided tour available only in Italian, three years ago when I brought my Indonesian clients I had to make the translator (in English). However given the beauty of the place is forgiven everything. Also great at lunch in the refectory of the monastery, rabbit cooked divinely!
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  • recommended by the hotel owner where we were staying on the morning of 31 December 1 January 2017 near Sassoferrato, we went at this monastery. A truly enchanting place, very impressive, we took a ride around doing lots of photos and breathing an hour clean and serene (sunny day although they did 2 degrees!) then at 11 took the mass of the camaldolese monks of the place, very impressive and touching. A place to visit for rigenersi a bit, to detach from the hectic pace of everyday life, and there is a small shop where they sell products made by the monks, a "natural pharmacy"!!! Very cute all over.
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  • Great 10th century monastery done in 700 meters high on the slopes of Mount Catria in the municipality of Serra Sant'Abbondio. Possibility of guided tours. It houses the famous Scriptorium that over time has never been damaged by earthquake or war, therefore the current status is the same as that in which the monks were working inside the transcription amanuensis of ancient manuscripts. Beautiful scenery with forests of tall trees from where the monks, with the practice of sustainable forestry and mined precious timber cutting that turned into considerable economic resources. It is certainly worth visiting this place of great beauty.
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  • I love this place! I recommend it! Little tip: go with clear mind and listening to the heart!
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  • Fantastic place. Hermitage beautiful. You can't see it.
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  • Beautiful monastery, surrounded by a wonderful landscape. To visit.
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  • Peace.
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