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Go Historic ID
318349
names
Sant'Antimo Abbey
Abbazia di Sant'Antimo
Abbey of Sant'Antimo
coordinates
42.999704° N, 11.515582° E
location
main dates
1118 constructed
styles/periods
categories
address
Near Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
phone
0577 835659

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Essays on Sant'Antimo Abbey

  • History

    by 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 →

  • Interior

    by 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 →

  • Exterior

    by 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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Bibliography of Sant'Antimo Abbey

  1. Official Website of Sant'Antimo Abbey. Web. Official website.
  2. Grady, Ellen. Blue Guide Central Italy with Rome and Florence. Blue Guide. 2008. Print.

Article Info

Submitted by
Holly Hayes
Published
October 8, 2013
Last updated
July 11, 2014

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