Bominaco

Bominaco, Abruzzo: Address, Phone Number, Bominaco Reviews: 5/5

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Heather B
Ottawa, Canada65 contributions
Tucked Away Gem
Sep 2017 • Family
There are actually two churches here to see, back to back. The smallest is a hidden gem in the hills. A must stop and see.
Written 10 September 2017
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peterandanna
Hertfordshire, UK678 contributions
Well worth the wait for the guide to turn up in his Panda!
Jun 2017 • Couples
There is a phone number on the gate and if you dare call it during the lunch period you will have quite a wait, so time your visit with this in mind. It is a treasure and the frescoes are breath taking, as is the other unadorned church on the same site. We learnt that weddings were held there and could see why, so tranquil and such a natural setting.

The village itself a few hundred metres away, is tiny and there appeared to be no where to have refreshments.
Written 17 August 2017
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TuesdaySue
New Zealand107 contributions
You won't believe your eyes
Jul 2016 • Friends
Bominaco must be one of the best-kept secrets. I can't believe more people don't know about this amazing mediaeval monastic settlement.

It consists of two very different churches and a ruined castle, all belonging to a powerful monastery which was the seat of church power in the area from the 8th century through to its rebellion and destruction in the 1400s.

All the other buildings which were part of the monastery were destroyed by "Strongarm" the mercenary, but thankfully the churches were preserved.

The larger is a wonderfully peaceful high middle ages church with beautiful stone carving. It's so romantic, many people get married here.

The smaller earlier church is the gem, however. It's a riot of colour; the most wonderfully dramatic frescoes (done by three monks in the 1200s) cover walls and ceiling. The building itself seems to emerge from the mountain stone... It dates from the eighth century. I can't tell you just how special this place is.

While there, climb the steps up to the extensive ruined castle and tower. Parts were restored in the 1990s so you can an idea of what it was like. While there's little to tell you what was what, it's a great place to let your imagination go wild. The views alone (from Gran Sasso to Sirente to Maiella) merit the effort. Wear good shoes for the rough steps.

Bominaco is kept open by its custodians: these are two or three local history experts whose phone number is on the gate. They stay all the time at peak season, or come on request. They explain in Italian many things about the churches, but don't generally speak other languages, so bring an interpreter. A donation is needed both for the guide (€5 is appropriate) and the coin-operated lights (€2).
Written 30 July 2016
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Retired Professor
California, USA203 contributions
Abruzzo beats Tuscany
Jun 2015 • Couples
The churches are accessible only via dedicated and well-informed locals who take turns across days of the week and sometimes prefer appointments. Both have been restored as much as technically feasible to their original appearance. It is a unique experience to find a Unesco-designated site like this still in regular use for Sunday services and integrated into a relatively tourist-free neighborhood. Nominal fee to help with upkeep.
Written 11 June 2015
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ColleenCo
Pescara, Italy998 contributions
MUST see!
Oct 2012 • Friends
In Bominaco there are two medieval churches, one of which dedicated to S. Pellegrino, the saint who protected pilgrims. The inside of the tiny church is covered in frescoes, some depicting the life of jesus and some (on the ceiling) depicting a calendar used by the monks to know when it was time to plant and harvest. It is a real jewel quite forgotten for several centuries.
Written 13 September 2013
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Saschapraha
Chisinau District, Moldova340 contributions
Beautiful churches, nice walk to herěites cave
Two very old churches are the left overs of an important cloister. The oratory is known for its beautifull frescs, the other basilic was partly build with the colums of a nearby Roman temple.
The complex is on the Unesco world heritage list.
On a beautifull spot at the other site of the village you find the cave of a heremite.
This is a nice walk of about 15 minutes!
Written 3 December 2012
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