Abbazia di Fossanova, Fossanova

Fossanova Abbey, earlier Fossa Nuova, is a Cistercian monastery in Italy, in the province of Latina, near the railway-station of Priverno, about 100km south-east of Rome.HistoryThis Cistercian abbey is one of the finest examples of the Burgundian Early Gothic style in Italy, dated from around 1135. Consecrated in 1208 by monks of the mother abbey of Hautecombe, retains the bare architecture, the magnificent rose window and finely carved capitals, reflecting the prominent role within the area.A monk of Fossanova compiled the Annales Ceccanenses down to 1218.En route to the Second Council of Lyon in 1274, the Dominican scholastic Thomas Aquinas died in the abbey on 7 March. Since 1935 pastoral duties in the local abbey parish were entrusted to the care of Franciscan Friars Community (OFMConv.).ArchitectureThe frugal Gothic church is cruciform and square-ended, closely similar to that of Casamari and also of the great church at Citeaux. The church is flanked on one side by the cloister, along with the refrectory and chapter house and on the other side by the cemetery. The nave at Fossanova dates from 1187 and the church was consecrated in 1208.
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  • A beautiful place. Make sure you go everywhere in the buildings. It is serene, little gold and art, many nice details.  more »
  • So much is made of cathedrals and basilicas and the arts that they hold, and rightfully so. But a visit to a monastery leaves you with an understanding of religious retreats and their purpose to...  more »
  • If you are not interested to visit this Abbey, where Thomas of Aquino lived and died, go there in the evening. It's beautiful illuminated and in this peaceful Borgo near the Abbey are 1) a nice wine bar to have a drink and 2) also a very good restaurant the 'Procoio'.
  • Beautifully bare and ample church. Exactly how I like a place to be and where one can feel closer to faith.
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