Abbazia di San Liberatore a Majella, Serramonacesca

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San Liberatore a Maiella is an abbey in the territory of Serramonacesca, in Abruzzo, Italy.HistoryThe origin of the abbey is traditionally linked to Charlemagne, who is portrayed in a fresco fragment within the church. The 9th century edifice was rebuilt a first time from 1007 by the Benedictine monk St. Theobald. It is dedicated to St. Liberator.The current edifice, however, is that rebuilt starting from 1080 by Desiderius, abbot of Montecassino.The church remained in a decaying state until it was restored in 1967-1971.ArchitectureThe abbey has a white façade with balanced volumes, flanked by a square-plan bell tower with three floors, having single, double and triple mullioned windows. The façade has vertical relief in Lombard-Romanesque styles.The interior is on the basilica plan with a nave and two aisles, divided by seven round arcades with triangular piers.The triumphal arches led to the presbytery. The arches are supported by cruciform pilasters which end with notable decorations, in a style similar to that of the nave's walls. The ceiling has wooden trusses. In the left aisles are the former accesses to the cloister and the monastery residential quarters, represented by two decorated doors. One has in its tympanum the typical flower motif of the Abruzzese Romanesque style.
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  • Its age. Its architecture. Its frescos. It has survived earrthquakes and war. The roof soars up on huge pillars (or possibly columns!) it is austere but awe inspiring. Walk the stream alongside and be...  more »
  • We visited the beautiful Abbazia di San Liberatore a Majella on a Sunday afternoon. I believe the Abbazia is open Saturday and Sunday for most months of the year except winter but in July and August i...  more »
  • Kevin had great directions to help us do a great loop walk. Scenery was amazing especially down by the river.  more »
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  • Wonderful Romanesque Abbey of the year 1007, immersed in a beautiful and relaxing natural environment. This monastery, one of the oldest in Abruzzo, offers an Interior which, albeit rather sober, it is incredibly striking to the eye of the beholder. Beautiful the Cosmati floor near the presbytery, which is accessed via three arches of triumph, and the ambione a box of square form. On the side walls and the apse are the remains of two medieval fresco cycles, unfortunately heavily damaged by wear and tear. This Abbey, with woodland that surrounds it and the source of the Breath flowing noisily just below-and I highly recommend you visit-it's definitely one of the most beautiful places I've ever seen.
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  • Beautiful Abbey impressive and solemn.
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  • A special place like few others, a stone's throw from a cave complex striking between the Gorges of the river. Too bad it was closed ...
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  • Stupenda Abbey in the Woods, near the Gorges of Alento and a reserve of roe deer, peace and tranquillity.
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  • Great Abbey with playground and reserve of Roe.
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