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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  • climb at fonte avellana and ' make a trip to the beauty and silence. the monastery is humble and beautiful in its history that it's made of stones and words, and among the most beautiful ones of dante who mentions him in his Divine Comedy. and how could it not be. Here you can feel really calm and serenity and then many valuable things in addition to places. I mean miss this treasure trove of silence and beauty would be such a shame
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  • Mentioned by Dante in his Divine Comedy (Paradiso canto XXI) Erected in the 10th century on the slopes of Monte Catria, to some hermits and transformed over the centuries to Benedictine monastery-camandolese. The scriptorium is more significant with its position East West allowed the emanuensi to transcribe books from dawn to dusk. One of the few in Italy not to have been rimaggiato as a result of bombings or earthquakes. The monastery also offers hospitality and guided tours. Hiking enthusiasts can get there on foot.
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  • We arrived at the Monastery site just after 10am and the carpark was nearly empty but by the time we joined the guided tour at 11am the group of visitors numbered between 15-20. Cost 2 Euro each. Whil...  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 beautiful building surrounded by greenery, St. Peter Damian and retreat where you probably stay also Dante, as evidenced by the verses of the twenty-first song of paradise. Artistically, there is little to see apart from the old church with the altar of Mille (also the Church above) and several halls of the monastery, restored but devoid of furniture. The ancient library is only accessible to researchers upon request.
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  • A place of peace in the countryside. The monastery can be visited with a guided tour. On Saturdays and Sundays you can every 30 minutes, while during the week every hour. To make sure you contact them by phone before, because we went out that day and despite the right time was not possible. So don't make a wasted trip
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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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