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Monasticism in The Marche: the abbeys

 

A journey between knowledge and meditation

 

The Marche is dotted with about a hundred abbeys, often within walking distance of each other. In this route you can find the most important abbeys open to the public, that tell the story of the proud Middle Ages of this region.

Visiting an abbey is a unique occasion for knowledge and meditation: among the many records held by the Marche is the fact that it was one of the first geographical areas in the Italian peninsula to accept the phenomenon of Monasticism, a spiritual movement born in the East in the 3rd century AD and which spread to the West as early as the 6th century. This was mainly due to the charismatic personality of St. Benedict of Nursia whose “Rules” represent the first written constitution of Monasticism and are based on the dignity of work and the sanctity of prayer. These gave rise to a new way of life that was to enjoy enormous popularity in Europe and would become one of the pillars in the formation of Western civilisation.

Thanks to the easily travelled valley routes between the Foglia and the Tronto rivers, as early as the 7th and 8th centuries monasteries and convents began springing up in the Marche, often at a short distance from one another, along the routes travelled by the first pilgrims heading for Rome, called “Romei”.


 
 
 

Monasticism in The Marche: the abbeys

 

Attractions along the route

Discover the attraction of Ancona - Church of Santa Maria di Portonovo

Ancona - Church of Santa Maria di Portonovo

Perfectly nested in the natural paradise of the Monte Conero, this church overlooks the white limestone cliffs on which it is erected. In harmony with its...

Discover the attraction of Genga - Abbey of St. Vittore

Genga - Abbey of St. Vittore

It’s the most important Benedictine Monastery of our territory. Church and monastery rose in the last decade of 10th century from the initiative of a...

Discover the attraction of Corridonia - Abbey of San Claudio al Chienti

Corridonia - Abbey of San Claudio al Chienti

The Abbey of San Claudio al Chienti in Corridonia is of very old origins and it’s undoubtedly one of the most important Romanesque...

 
Discover the attraction of Montecosaro - Abbey Santa Maria a Piè di Chienti

Montecosaro - Abbey Santa Maria a Piè di Chienti

One of the Marche's earliest and most charming churches, Santa Maria a Piè di Chienti, lies 6 km inland along the SS 485, just below Montecosaro. This...

Discover the attraction of Montelupone - Abbey of St. Firmano

Montelupone - Abbey of St. Firmano

The Benedictine Abbey, initially dedicated to the Saints John and Benedict, was founded towards the end of the 10th century and Firmano, a monk from Acquacanina...

Discover the attraction of Pollenza - Abbey of Rambona

Pollenza - Abbey of Rambona

The Abbey, whose origin is related to the arrival in the area of Benedictine monks around the 18th century, experienced its era of maximum splendour towards the...

 
Discover the attraction of Fabriano - Abbey of S. Biagio in Caprile

Fabriano - Abbey of S. Biagio in Caprile

The abbey of San Biagio in Caprile was founded in Fabriano around 1030 by the Counts of Nocera and Gualdo who at that time ruled together the valley of...

Discover the attraction of Sassoferrato - Abbey of Santa Croce dei Conti

Sassoferrato - Abbey of Santa Croce dei Conti

The Abbey of Santa Croce dei Conti is located near Sassoferrato. Built by the Counts Atti towards the end of the 12th century, it is one of the most important...

Discover the attraction of Acqualagna - Abbey of San Vincenzo al Furlo

Acqualagna - Abbey of San Vincenzo al Furlo

Set in the wonderful scenery of the Furlo Gorge Nature Riserve, in Acqualagna, the white truffle capital of Italy, the abbey was built in memory of Saint...

 
Discover the attraction of Borgo Pace- Abbey of San Michele Arcangelo

Borgo Pace- Abbey of San Michele Arcangelo

The St. Michael abbey was first mentioned in a document dated 1218. At that time it was very prosperous Aand it was protected by a fortress and another...

Discover the attraction of Montelabbate - Abbey of St. Tommaso in Foglia

Montelabbate - Abbey of St. Tommaso in Foglia

The abbey was built in the year 980 by Benedictine monks over the remains of a previous Roman temple. It was part of a large complex consisting of a monastery...

Discover the attraction of San Lorenzo in Campo - Abbey of St. Lorenzo

San Lorenzo in Campo - Abbey of St. Lorenzo

This abbey is one of the most important buildings in Romanesque and Gothic style in the Marche. It was bacame a basilica in 1943 by Pope Pio XII. The pleasant...

 
Discover the attraction of Sirolo  - St. Peter's Church in Conero

Sirolo - St. Peter's Church in Conero

The Abbey of San Pietro al Conero is situated on Mount Conero at about 450 m. above sea level. It was a former Benedictine Hermitage. The abbey now retains the...

Discover the attraction of Fiastra (hamlet Acquacanina) - Abbey of San Salvatore di Rio Sacro

Fiastra (hamlet Acquacanina) - Abbey of San Salvatore di Rio Sacro

The abbey of S. Maria in Rio Sacro is in the hamlet Acquacanina, not far from the Fiastra lake. Originally the abbey was called San Salvatore di Rio Sacro...

Discover the attraction of Jesi - Abbey of Santa Maria del Piano

Jesi - Abbey of Santa Maria del Piano

A few historical documents are left of this abbey: for sure it had many possessions and they extended from the valley of the Misa river to the valley of the...

 
Discover the attraction of Abbazia di S. Maria delle Moie

Abbazia di S. Maria delle Moie

The Romanesque abbey of Santa Maria delle Moie was probably founded at the beginning of the 11th century by the Attoni-Alberoni-Gozoni family as a private...

Discover the attraction of Serra San Quirico - Abbey of Sant’Elena

Serra San Quirico - Abbey of Sant’Elena

The Abbey of Sant'Elena is situated in Serra San Quirico, near Sasso area.Founded in 1005 by St. Romuald, in 1180 it joined the Camaldolese Congregation. At...

Discover the attraction of Apiro - Abbey of Sant’Urbano

Apiro - Abbey of Sant’Urbano

The Sant’Urbano abbey, named after the patron saint of the town, is a few kilometers far from Apiro, a hilly village near the Mount San Vicino and...

 
Discover the attraction of Fabriano - Abbey of S. Salvatore in Valdicastro

Fabriano - Abbey of S. Salvatore in Valdicastro

The abbey of S. Salvatore in Valdicastro was founded between 1005 and 1009 by Saint Romualdo who, in 1027, ended his days here. The present building was...

Discover the attraction of Sarnano - Abbey of St. Maria and St, Biagio

Sarnano - Abbey of St. Maria and St, Biagio

The Abbey of Santa Maria and San Biagio, originally known as Santa Maria between the streams ( "inter rivoira"), since it is located between the Tenna and...

Discover the attraction of Sant'Elpidio a Mare – Abbey  of S. Croce all'Ete

Sant'Elpidio a Mare – Abbey of S. Croce all'Ete

According to historians the Benedictine monastery was founded in the 9th century, probably over the remains of a previous Christian basilica dating back to the...

 
Discover the attraction of Chiaravalle - Abbey di S. Maria in Castagnola

Chiaravalle - Abbey di S. Maria in Castagnola

The first abbey was built  in Chiaravalle as early  as 7th century  in the shape of a simple Benedictine monastery raised in a land given as a...

Discover the attraction of Tolentino -Abbey of Santa Maria di Chiaravalle in Fiastra

Tolentino -Abbey of Santa Maria di Chiaravalle in Fiastra

The Abbey of Santa Maria di Chiaravalle of  Fiastra is one of Italy's best preserved examples of Cistercian architecture. The Cistercian monks arrived here...

Discover the attraction of Santa Vittoria in Matenano- Priory of Santa Vittoria in Matenano

Santa Vittoria in Matenano- Priory of Santa Vittoria in Matenano

The history of the church of Santa Vittoria in Matenano is connected with that of the monastery of St. Ippolito and St. Giovanni in Silva (760), a dependency of...

 
Discover the attraction of Amandola - Abbey of Ss. Ruffino e Vitale

Amandola - Abbey of Ss. Ruffino e Vitale

The abbey is 6 km far from the town centre of Amandola, in the Sibillini mountains, and it’s located along the magnificent and fertile Tenna valley. In...

Discover the attraction of Fermo- Abbey San Marco alle Paludi

Fermo- Abbey San Marco alle Paludi

The Abbey of San Marco alle Paludi (which means near the Marshes) is located in the countryside, in the district Paludi . It’s one of the oldest and most...

 
 
 

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