The Pomposa Abbey

Pomposa Abbey is a Benedictine monastery near Ferrara, Italy, in the Emilia-Romagna region. This is one of the most important monasteries in the North of Italy, situated in a wonderful park. Read more!

Pomposa Abbey is situated on the road which joins Venice to Ravenna, on the Adriatic coast of Italy, in the lower Po River Valley.

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The earliest tracks of the presence of a Benedictine Abbey dates from the VII century, and the first written report dates from the year 874.

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The Romanic-style church is dedicated to Saint Mary, and it originates from the 7th-9th century. The church was enlarged in the following years, reaching the present aspect in the XI century. In this period of time the abbey grew in power and prestige.

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Until the XIV century the abbey has proprieties in the whole of Italy, but after this century begins a long period of decline. This was due to the impoverishment of the neighbouring areas caused by the retreat of the sea front, to the subsidence of the ground, and from the increasing presence of malaria in the valley.

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In 1650, the monks of Pomposa migrated to San Benedetto, near Ferrara, and from this year the monastery was abandoned until the XIX century, when the abbey was acquired by the Italian government.

The frescos (1351) are from Vitale da Bologna and its assistant, was an Italian painter from the early renaissance.

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Here’s a detailed look of the exterior of the church:

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The complex was surrounded by a beautiful park, in the lower Po valley.

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All these photos were taken with my trusty Lomo LC-A camera.

References:

1: Wikipedia, Pomposa abbey
2: Wikipedia, Vitale da Bologna
3: Siti UNESCO dell'Adriatico

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written by sirio174 on 2012-08-03 in #world #locations #pomposa #monastery #abbey #arts-and-culture #art-and-culture #requested-post #italy #ferrara

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