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Italian Cistercian Abbeys

 

(marked below with an * asterisk)

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Links to all photos of Cistercian Abbeys in Paradoxplace.

VENETO, LOMBARDIA, PIEMONTE & EMILIA ROMAGNA (NORTHERN ITALY)

Cistercian Abbeys below are marked with an * asterisk

Venice Photo and History Pages

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Links to church pages including San Marco, I Frari, Santo Stefano, San Zaccaria, Santa Maria della Salute, San Giorgio del Greci, San Polo, San Giacomo dall'Orio, Santa Maria dei Miracoli, Madonna dell'Orto, Santa Maria del Giglio

Venice

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Last Supper paintings from Venice's Refectories

Ravenna

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Most recent photos of Ravenna mosaics, Basilica di San Vitale, The Ravenna Baptisteries, Basilica di Sant'Apollinare Nuovo, Basilica di Sant'Apollinare in Classe, Basilica di San Giovanni Evangelista

 

Padova

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Bergamo

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Chiaravalle della Colomba *

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Then and now a most interesting Cistercian Abbey (Chiaravalle translates to Clairvaux) with a delightful hotel in the old Palazzo of the Commendatory Abbot.

Fontevivo *

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Cistercian Abbey, now a parish church with restaurant / hotel in the cloisters / refectory

Morimondo *

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Cistercian Abbey (daughter of Morimond in Burgundy), now a parish church.  The clever Commune are renovating the monastery and cloisters for their offices.

Certosa di Pavia

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In your face statement of the wealth and taste of the Visconti and Sforza Dukes of Milan - also a Carthusian Abbey, now looked after by Cistercians.

TUSCANY

Cistercian Abbeys below are marked with an * asterisk

Florence's Churches

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Florence's Last Suppers

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Last Suppers in the Refectories of Florence's Renaissance Monasteries

Certosa di Firenze

 

Florence's Carthusian Abbey, now home to Cistercians

Badia Fiorentina

 

The early medieval Florentine abbey which used to own most of the town (and much much more!).

Vallombrosa

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The original Vallombrosian monastery site, high in the mountain pine forested hills SE of Florence.

Badia a Passignano

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Picture postcard Vallombrosian monastery, now Benedictine, in central Chianti.

Siena's Duomo

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Certosa di Siena

 

Siena's Carthusian Abbey, now part of the University of Siena.

Torri

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The only remaining intact Romanesque cloisters in Tuscany - limited opening times but well worth a special effort to see what the cloisters of Sant'Antimo, San Galgano and others might have looked like, and to understand what the Renaissance destroyed.

Sant'Antimo

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Very old luminously beautiful travertine Benedictine abbey in classic Tuscan landscape.  Built in early 1100s to a design based on the 1000s French pilgrimage Eglise Saint Etienne de Vignory and not suffering from "improvements", now looked after by Gregorian chanting Augustinian monks.

San Galgano *

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Cistercian abbey, now a roofless but fully walled and well maintained gothic ruin + a beautiful little earlier and separate hermitage with Galgano's sword embedded in a rock

Monte Oliveto Maggiore

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UMBRIA & LE MARCHE (CENTRAL ITALY)

Cistercian Abbeys below are marked with an * asterisk

 

Link to a wonderful site by Bill Thayer, who has walked and photographed almost all of Umbria, including its churches

 

Gubbio

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Perugia

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Assisi

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Spoleto

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Orvieto

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Chiaravalle di Fiastra *

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Then and now a Cistercian Abbey (Chiaravalle translates to Clairvaux) near the east coast of central Italy.

ROME

Churches of Rome

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LAZIO & ABRUZZO (SOUTH CENTRAL ITALY)

Cistercian Abbeys below are marked with an * asterisk

Montecassino

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Saint Benedict's second major abbey and monastery, completely rebuilt after being destroyed by USAAF bombs in WWII (read the story).

Casamari *

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Then and now a fully operational Cistercian abbey and monastery

Fossanova *

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Cistercian abbey modeled on Clairvaux and probably the best existing likeness to Clairvaux.  Now home to Franciscan friars minor.

Anagni

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Birthplace of Innocent III, Boniface VIII and several other Popes. 

Subiaco

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Near Subiaco is Saint Benedict's original hermitage and atmospheric monastery, and down the road is the convent founded by his twin sister, S Scholastica, not so atmospheric. 

San Clemente

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Benedictine abbey in east central Italy, now renovated as a state museum.  Memorable faces and Romanesque beasts on portico capitals and tympanum, and pulpit, ciborium and paschal candle inside.  Easy to visit by car as it's beside a junction of the magnificently engineered A25.

SOUTHERN ITALY AND SICILY

Puglia Cathedrals

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Link to "Rosoni" - the amazing wagon wheel rose windows of Puglia

Trani Cattedrale

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Bitonto Cattedrale

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Troia Cattedrale

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Otranto Cattedrale

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Sicily

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Palermo

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Monreale

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Cefalu Duomo

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