Abbazia di S.Maria di Praglia, Teolo

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Praglia Abbey is a Benedictine monastery in the frazione of Bresseo in Teolo, Province of Padua, Italy. It is located at the foot of the Euganean Hills, some 12 kilometers southwest of Padua, and four kilometers from Abano Terme.HistoryThe monastery was founded in 1080. The first abbot of Praglia, Iselberto dei Tadi, who had become a monk in the monastery of San Benedetto Polirone in Mantua, is mentioned in a Papal Bull of Calixtus II in 1123. Until 1304 Praglia was under the direction of more powerful abbeys such as that of Polirone, the Abbey of Santa Giustina in Padua, and Cluny.By the 14th century the abbey had gained more autonomy, funded by donations of various rulers and families. Most of the cloisters and church were rebuilt in the 16th century. Only the belltower retains medieval construction. The basilica church, dedicated to the Assumption of Mary (Santa Maria dell'Assunta), was designed in 1490 by Tullio Lombardo. Construction of the nave was completed in 1548, and of the principal door and the cupola in 1550.
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  • Really a few km from Abano Terme, at the foot of the hills, rises this huge Benedictine abbey that dates back to the ELEVENTH century, still active and inhabited currently by forty monks who dedicate themselves, in addition to prayer, to different activities. Among these, the appreciated and precious restoration of the ancient book. At established times and almost every day-except on Mondays and some festivals-you can make guided tours, accompanied by a monk explaining the history and activities of the abbey. These start from the anteroom of the shop where you can buy so many products that the monks themselves produce. Finding the store is very simple: leaving the church on the left, you will arrive at the bottom of the concierge and immediately to the right you will find the entrance door of the shop. In the first room you wait for the start of the guided tour and you will also find the toilets. Meanwhile you expect, you can admire the succulent plants, some of which 50-60 years old, which are seen from the glass door that gives on the first cloister. We went Tuesday morning, to the 11 visit, and we were a really very restricted group-only 6 people, later reduced to 4. The monk guided us to the various cloisters, told us the history of the abbey, showed us the hall of the chapter, the monumental refectory and the area dedicated to the cultivation of vines and medicinal herbs. In this period the lavender in bloom offered a unique and very suggestive spectacle. Many also the hives that the monks possess and care with great dedication. Although he anticipated that the library could not be visited until September, he gave us the privilege of showing it. A real show that leaves an open mouth. The visit lasted about an hour, in the end we gladly left an offer for the monastery. I recommend the midweek visit, Sunday is very busy, especially in the summer months. It is still worth going; For the times of the visits and the days of closing, consult the website of the abbey, always updated and reliable.
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  • Place to visit, rich in history, you perceive the serenity and peace that the monks live and work here... Many are their activities...
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  • find by chance your erbs product in Rome - .s.Anselmo shop. Very satisfied of it! I'd like to come there and know the place. It looks beautiful
  • We joined one of the half-hourly free tours with a monk and it was wonderful. The history, architecture and gardens are beautiful and definitely worth a visit. They make and sell organic products in the shop (wine, jams, honey, cosmetics).
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