Abbazia San Salvatore

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Abbazia San Salvatore
Laid down on one side of the mountain at 800 metres above the sea level, the abbazia re- gia del Salvatore sul Monte Amiata was twinned with St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome by means of a “Sub umbra Petri” decree. There- fore people can gain plenary indulgence here. It was established by Erfo - a Lombard noble- man from Friuli - in the fi rst half of the 8th century, namely at the time of king Ratchis. On the one side, the nobleman wanted to evangelize the people who lived on the moun- tain and, on the other, he wanted to moni- tor the ancient road that crossed the Val di Paglia and that later would be known as Via Francigena. Like other royal abbeys of Lom- bard age, San Salvatore had a close relation- ship with the development of the route that linked Pavia to Rome. In Carolingian times, the abbey numbered about 100 monks and Charlemagne in person stopped over at the abbey in year 800, when his army was hit by plague; the monks healed his soldiers with a medicinal plant that was called Carolina from that moment on. The abbey, whose estate spanned from southern Tuscany to northern Latium, was in charge for the arrangement of the route.
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Israel688 contributions
Nothing, really
Jun 2017 • Family
Waste of time, there is no views, nothing to see, etc. The famous photos are the only side of Abbazia that looks ok, Unless, you're like me, who came just to take one photo - pass by, don't waste your time.
Written 28 June 2017
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Perugia, Italy447 contributions
Impressively beautiful church
Dec 2016 • Family
The history and architecture of this church make it one of the most outstanding examples of Romanesque construction it has been my pleasure to find in Italy. I had to just sit down and contemplate the stone walls,the high-up slit windows,the wide,stone,stairway up to the altar,the impressive crucifix facing the congregation. The crypt below was equally beautiful with many columns and capitals obviously taken from various sources and combined to create a unique "ambiente". The blue floor lighting was rather distracting for me,making it a bit difficult for me to see where I was walking.
Written 26 December 2016
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Alex T
England752 contributions
Beautiful church and crypt with an interesting museum
Aug 2014 • Family
We visited Abbadia San Salvatore whilst walking the Via Francigena. The route originally passed this way before diverting via Radicofani.

The church is an interesting design with a lower level, then steps up to a higher level and down to the crypt. At the side one can enter a courtyard, where a tiny museum is located at the top of what looks like a fire escape.

The church itself is beautiful - very serene - but the crypt is both peaceful and atmospheric. The columns are decorated with different motifs including animals, people, flowers and geometric designs. It is possible to purchase a guide book from the back of the church.

The museum contains the reliquary bust of San Marco, patron saint and 4th Century Pope. It also has the head of St Pacifico, and other interesting articles including early vestments. There is a curator who is happy to provide information, or give a guided tour.

Outside the church there is a pleasant square, and from the church it is only a short walk to the amazing, untouched mediaeval city of Abbadia San Salvatore.
Written 8 September 2014
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