Sant'Antimo Abbey Tuscany, Italy 1118
Founded in 770 in a Tuscan valley near Siena, Sant'Antimo may be the most beautiful abbey in Italy. Gregorian chant can be heard from inside the elegant Romanesque church throughout the day.
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- Sant'Antimo AbbeyAbbazia di Sant'AntimoAbbey of Sant'Antimo
- 42.999704° N, 11.515582° E
- main dates
- 1118 constructed
- Near Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
- 0577 835659
Historyby Holly Hayes
October 27, 2011
In Roman times, a villa stood on this beautiful site in the valley of the River Starcia. (Remnants from the villa can be seen in the church tower.) An ancient inscription discovered on the site indicates there was a sacred spring here as well. A Carolingian monastery was founded here in the 8th century, with the church built over an ancient martyrium to Saint Antimo. Legend has it that the monastery was founded by Charlemagne himself after he fell ill nearby and prayed for deliverance. A date of 1118 is inscribed on a column in the ambulatory. continue reading →
Interiorby Holly Hayes
October 27, 2011
Inside, the layout is that of a typical pilgrimage church, with nave, side aisles, raised presbytery and ambulatory. Interesting sculptures adorn many of the capitals. In the ambulatory are frescoes attributed to Spinello Aretino (15th century) or an artist associated with Taddeo di Bartolo (14th-15th centuries), which depict a saintly pope (perhaps Gregory the Great) and a martyr saint (probably Sebastian). continue reading →
Exteriorby Holly Hayes
October 27, 2011
A handsome edifice of warm stone standing peacefully in a beautiful Tuscan valley, the Abbey of Sant'Antimo is surely one of the most beautiful in Italy. Most of the architecture dates from the early 12th century and shows French and Lombard influences in its Romanesque styling. The church is entered through the west portal, which has carvings and lion statues of the 12th century. The south portal, framed with reliefs of foliage, geometrical designs and mythological animals, dates from the 10th century. continue reading →
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