Fossanova Abbey

  • Fossanova Abbey

Energitismo Insight

The Abbey of Fossanova is in a medieval village in the Amaseno valley and takes its name from an ancient waste water drain called Fossa Nova. It is a perfect example of the transition between Romanesque and Gothic Italian. The interior is stripped of frescoes according to the austere 'memento mori' of the Cistercian monks. Nearby is the room in the infirmary where St. Thomas Aquinas lived in the last days of his life. He died here in 1274 and is remembered in the church by a simple empty tomb (the body was transferred by the Dominicans to Toulouse in the fourteenth century). Next to the church is the cloister, from where you can access all the other rooms and the refectory which houses a reading pulpit with its own ladder. In the village there are all the necessary requisites for the sustenance of the monks: workshops, warehouses, stables, etc. The entire centre was surrounded by high walls of which all that remains is the front door.

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