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St. Peter's Abbey, Assisi

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The Abbey of St. Peter in Assisi, Italy, is inhabited by a small community of monks belonging to the Benedictine Cassinese Congregation. They live according to the Rule of St. Benedict, summarized as "Ora et Labora".
Cistercian monks, monks Cassinesi came from the nearby monastery of San Pietro in Perugia, at the invitation of Pope Paul V in January 1613. The monastery has supported a hospital for the sick; an agricultural colony; and the Orphanage Ancajani (the name and linked all'Aate Ancajani), run by the Stigmata Sisters. The Benedictine monks of Cassino are still resident.
The foundation of the Monastery of San Pietro in Assisi is dated 970 A.D.; and is first documented in 1029 A.D. The early Church was a Cluniac monastery. The building was divided into a nave with two aisles with arches supported by columns, and raised presbytery over the crypt. The present building was built over the earlier foundation by Cistercian monks and consecrated by Pope Innocent IV in 1253 The complex can be identified by the dome and square bell tower.
FaçadeThe Romanesque façade was completed in 1268. It is rectangular, with three entries, each surmounted in the second tier by three rose windows. The two sections are separated by a cornice of hanging arches. The central portal is flanked by two lions. The rosettes contain hints of Gothic styling.
InteriorThe interior has a central nave and two aisles in the Romanesque style, with Gothic influences. The aisles contain six tombs of the fourteenth or fifteenth century and the remains of frescoes from the same time. The Chapel of the Blessed Sacrament is in the Gothic style, with a triptych by Matteo da Gualdo. The presbytery is raised in a semicircular apse with adome over the crossing. The interior was restored in 1954.
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  • One of the bigger churches in Assisi with a roomy main area and nearly separate side chapel dedicated to St Benedict’s sister Scholastica  more »
  • Every building that's almost a thousand years old is worth seeing, but in Assisi, there is so much to choose from that this one simply is not one of the best. It is a beautiful building without many.....  more »
  • Very nice church. Simple with great atmosphere.
  • Needs a little restoration work. Pretty nonetheless.

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