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The Abbey of Vezzolano is an abbey in the territory of Albugnano, Piedmont, northern Italy, in Gothic - Romanesque style.Our Albugnano trip planning tool makes visiting Abbazia di Santa Maria di Vezzolano and other Albugnano attractions simple, and helps you make a travel plan personal to you.
According to a legend, the foundation of the abbey dates to Charlemagne times. Here he would be hunting, in the year 773, when three skeletons appeared to him from the tomb. He thus decided to build an abbey here entitled to the Virgin Mary.
Historically, the abbey most likely existed in Lombard times, and later was enlarged thanks to rich donations. In the 10th century it was destroyed by the Saracens. In 1002 it was donated by King Arduin of Italy to Oddo of Bruzolo, whose heirs gave it to the prepository of Vezzolano. The complex was rebuilt until 1189. The abbey was the seat of a religious community until the early 19th century, when it was suppressed during the Napoleonic invasion of Italy.
The abbey includes a church with a short bell tower, a cloister and a capitular hall, featuring both Gothic and Romanesque elements. For the construction sandstone and bricks were used to give a bichrome appearance to the exterior (such as in the upper façade), a feature common also in Liguria and Tuscany in the Middle Ages. In the Romanesque façade, two of the three original portals are still existing. The upper part also features small columns with arches, with a mullioned window in the middle, with Christ flanked by the archangels Michael and Raphael.
Abbazia di Santa Maria di Vezzolano Reviews
Solo questa abbazia meritava il viaggio. Ero in giro per chiese del romanico piemontese e devo dire che questa per la posizione, per la completezza e per gli ornamenti, mi ha molto soddisfatto. more »Only this abbey deserved the trip. I was out and about in churches of the Romanesque Piedmont and I have to say that this for the location, for the completeness and for the ornaments, I was very satisfied.
Una abbazia nascosta dai boschi dove ancora si respira n'atmosfera di grande serenita. Spettacolare dal punto di vista architettonico nasconde al suo interno dei meravigliosi affreschi che, da soli, v... more »An abbey hidden by the woods where you can still breathe in the atmosphere of great serenity. Spectacular from an architectural point of view hides within it the wonderful frescoes that, alone, are worth the visit
Open from 10.00 to 18.00 all days except Mondays. fantastic architecture and frescoes from roman period (XI century). Worth to see
Magnificent Medieval Prayer place away from the city context. I do Not dwell on the cultural aspects, consultable on the internet, but explicit my thoughts on the environment that welcomes the tourist. The Abbey is set in the greenery, near a large farmhouse. It is served by a free parking lot which was built in a small bar. Near The entrance is present in the toilet, which I have to say I found clean. I have Not noticed any facilitation with wheelchair access, but having found a metal ramp inside the church, I can assume that it can be used for the purpose, asking the custodian at the entrance. You can take pictures anywhere, but without the use of the flash. The whole thing is well cared for and clean. In the back of the abbey there is a garden with the cultivation of trees of ancient quality of apples, cultivated by the University of Turin.
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