San Michele Abbey

Montescaglioso, Italy

The Benedictine Territorial Abbey of San Michele Arcangelo has been existed at least from 1078 and was probably built in the 5th century. The benedictine Abbey Church (12th century), dedicated to St. Michael, has a notable portal and a Norman-style bell tower with mullioned windows. The Norman lord Humphrey of Hauteville and his son Rudolph made large donations to the abbey. In 1484, after joining the Benedictine Congregation of St. Giustina from Padua, the abbey was enlarged and restored in Renaissance forms. 

Afterwards it decayed due to numerous wars ravaging the country in those years.  Renewed starting from 1590, it received a cylindrical cupola in 1650. The monks abandoned the abbey in 1784.


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Founded: 11th century
Category: Religious sites in Italy


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mladen djordjiev (5 years ago)
Wonderful place to visit, the place has a long history and artifacts to prove it. The central garden is breathtaking, the upper floor have frescoes unlike any from other monasteries, and the tombs in the basement are very interesting.
Senan O Kiersey (5 years ago)
Parking outside
Franca Fortunato (5 years ago)
Unforgettable ❤
Marica Jakobsson (6 years ago)
It's amazing how such beautiful monastery was so worshipped, that it was not seen as just a place for worship, but also a home & workplace.
Miki Misa93 (9 years ago)
What a lovely place! The best part is the agricultural museum with an excellent guide! She will give you the perfect picture of how the life used to look like in the past! Bellissimo posto! Specialmente il muse de l'arte contadina con la splendida guida che vi porterà in dietro nel passato! Un posto da visitare!!!
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