Abbazia di Polirone, San Benedetto Po

The Abbey of San Benedetto in Polirone is a large complex of Benedictine order monastic buildings, including a church and cloisters, located in town of San Benedetto Po, Province of Mantua, Region of Lombardy, Italy. The complex, now belonging to the city, houses offices, a museum, and is open to visitors.
The abbey was founded in 1007 by Tedald, count of Canossa, the paternal grandfather of Matilda of Canossa, countess of Tuscany, with a grant to the Benedictine monks, of half his land lying between the rivers Po and Lirone, prompting the title "in Polirone". Polirone was the monastery most closely associated with his granddaughter, Matilda, who granted estates and dependencies. Boniface III, Margrave of Tuscany made further grants and commissioned a larger church, housing the remains of the hermit, Simeon of Polirone (died 1016). In 1077 the community passed into the reformed Benedictines under the Abbey of Cluny. At the time of the Gregorian reforms, the abbot was one of the principal proponents of the papacy in the Investiture Conflict.
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  • We visited both the Abbey and the cultural museum. We were treated to over a two hour tour by a local volunteer, Elonora who was so well informed and interesting the time seemed to fly by. This was...  more »
  • This is one of the most peaceful interesting places to visit in all of "Bassa" area and few seem to know about it or visit it. The Abbey of San Benedetto in Polirone is a great way to spend an...  more »
  • Stunning Abbey is located in San Benedetto po date back to the year 1000 in fact you will find remains that the church has been built and expanded several times, in fact you can find Roman columns and mosaics dating back to various eras a true jewel of Benedictine abbey to visit with calm given its vastness. The various artists who worked there from the famous Giulio Romano,Antonio Bagarelli and Paolo Veronese, mark the religious and artistic history of the abbey admirable until the arrival of Napoleon Goodparte that ends the life of the monastery in the 1797...La basilica of Julius Romano made from 1540 at the end of 1547 a favorite pupil of Raphael created a symposium of architecture, sculpture, painting, and furniture that create a path in which art covers the truth of faith with admirable forms...
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  • The julyt facade of the church is of elegance, lightness and at the same time a solidity to be admired. For centuries inside it housed the guile of the Grancontessa, the energetic Matilda of Canossa. There is little to say about the abbey as a whole. It is one of the most important Benedictine-inspired specimens of the peninsula or better yet in Europe. If you add that in his cells, in his cloisters, in his refectory and along his corridors teeholter for years Teofilo Folengo, you will understand how recommended a visit to the center of St. Benedict Po is.
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