San Giovanni in Fiore Abbey

San Giovanni in Fiore, Italy

The San Giovanni in Fiore Abbey date back to Joachim da Fiore's trip to La Sila in Calabria in 1188. Archaeological excavations have shown the presence of Joachim's first edifice, which was finished in 1198, in the Iure Vetere locality. The construction of the abbey was approved by Queen Constance of Hauteville after a Joachim's visit in her court at Palermo.

After Joachim's death in 1202, the first monastery and its annexed edifices were burned by a fire in 1214. The monks decided to abandon the location of Iure Vetere, also due to its difficult climatic situation.

In 1215 a site not far from the previous one was chosen, near the Neto river valley. The new abbey was completed in 1230, in the Romanesque style. In later centuries features were remodeled in different styles, including a Baroque style church interior.

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Category: Religious sites in Italy

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Danilo Pasotti (2 years ago)
L'unica cosa caratteristica di vede quando il sole attraverso l'occhio di bue forma un cerchio davanti al portale d'ingresso. Per il resto è rimasto poco
Manuela Venier (2 years ago)
If you want to breathe spirituality, immerse yourself in peace, in history, reconnect with yourself, you should visit the Florense Abbey Thanks to the kindness of all the people who work here, we visited even the smallest corner of this solemn place. Absolutely to see the crypt and the two photographic and domological museums Entrust yourself to the wonderful Ladies who work with so much love in the Abbey Thanks for everything, see you soon ??
Umile De Marco (2 years ago)
An ecclesial structure that as soon as we enter takes us back to a distant, very distant era, the 10th / 11th century. This monastic complex has an unparalleled evocative power, you can still perceive the faith of generations of believers led by the monks who have succeeded each other over the centuries. We thank the new parish priest, Don Battista Cimino, a Sangiovannese doc, who has a great dream: the return of the Abbey, including its many appurtenances, to a fruitful and bright center of spirituality for all of Calabria.
Marcello Bettoni (3 years ago)
A wide huge park to walk through. Peaceful and spirituality far from touristic routes.
Sean Dougherty (4 years ago)
Very old abby tired in with history, Dante!
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