San Filippo di Fragalà Monastery

Frazzanò, Italy

The Monastery of San Filippo Fragala, located in the small town of Frazzanò, is one of the oldest basilian monasteries in Sicily. Approximately 2km from the town centre, the monastery was built from the Count Ruggero and his wife Adelasia in 1090 and was an important centre for religious studies on saints. In 1866 the rich library of the monastery was transferred into the town to create an easier access to the books but unfortunately they were not well kept from the authorities and most of it got dispersed. Lucky the greek and latin papers that dated prior to the 18th century were transferred to the museum of Palermo where they were taken better care of.



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Founded: 1090
Category: Religious sites in Italy

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Claudia Magro (12 months ago)
A place full of history, in a beautiful position on the Aeolian Islands, a pity for the concrete interventions that cripple its purity. The lady who welcomed us was kind and competent I recommend the visit
Roberta Pace (13 months ago)
Enchantment. Wonderful monastery set in an equally wonderful natural landscape. It exudes an area of ​​the past. The premises are well maintained and the entrance fee is low. The staff prepared and available. A must visit.
Giuseppe Squillaci (14 months ago)
Seen on 16/08/2020. Standing on the hill like a bulwark that dominates the immensity of the valley, it reaches down to the sea with a view of the Aeolian Islands. The restoration of the complex is incomplete and the floor of the corridor of the friars' cells was made with an ugly pour of concrete.
Nicola Randone (14 months ago)
A very suggestive place a few kilometers from Longi, a mixture of Arab / Christian art of which alas little has been preserved in terms of decorations. With a small contribution you can visit the interior of the monastery, the cells of the friars (largely rebuilt at the least badly), the large beam and the truly spectacular view from above on the Nebrodi mountains.
Rosario Occhipinti (15 months ago)
Unique experience and place. We found a special guide who explained the history and architecture of the structure in a detailed and engaging way. Wonderful panoramic position!
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