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Abbazia di Sant'Antimo

53024 Castelnuovo Dell'abate, Italy
39 0577 835659
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Type: Historic Sites
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Andover, United Kingdom
12 reviews 12 reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014 NEW

The Abbey of Sant'Antimo is one of a few places that genuinely leave you with a feeling of peace and of spiritual uplift. If you time your visit to coincide with the monks singing Gregorian plain song do so-you will leave deeply moved.

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Bath, United Kingdom
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8 reviews 8 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014

A tranquil, ancient oasis of peace. Try to stay for the monks' Gregorian chanting, it is truly wonderful. Dress appropriately to visit a church (though there are shawls available at the door if you arrive with bare shoulders). There is parking nearby for small fee and a shop at the end of the driveway that is worth visiting.

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Austin, Texas
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81 reviews 81 reviews
35 attraction reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2014

We went about 15 minutes before one of the shorter Gregorian Chants (about 15 minutes early) and had a chance to explore the grounds and the Abbey before the tour buses showed up with their clients. The Abbey is located in a beautiful countryside setting and the drive there is wonderful in itself. But definitely plan ahead and time your... More

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Portland, Oregon
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26 reviews 26 reviews
3 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2014

I always attend the Gregorian chant mass (10am, except Sunday when I think it is at 11am) when I am in the area. Very relaxing and inspiring. The building is from the 11th Century and has been restored in the last 25 years by a group of French monks. Hang out after mass to explore the church and the grounds.... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 via mobile

Gregorian chanting and numerous praying sessions to view at this 9th century abbey. Check out prayer times in advance if you can.

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Prague, Czech Republic
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41 reviews 41 reviews
16 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2013

The abbey of Sant Antimo is based on 9th century church, rebuilt in 12th century (still pretty old, is it not?). A large Romanesque church, built on the ancient pilgrim road has a beautiful, calm atmosphere inside, Impressive place of meditation force I strongly recommend to visit during wine and nature trips in Tuscany.

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Lenoir City, Tennessee
17 reviews 17 reviews
5 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2013

We went to the Abby to see the full mass. The majority of the mass was done in chant by the monks. Approximately 8 participated. We arrived about 15 minutes early and saw one of the shorter chants, which had few participants. The full mass lasted about one hour, but was a better experience.

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2013

Finally.... a barebones ceilinged church. Lovely Romanesque exterior composition appears like an extension of earth upwards to the belltower. Occasional olive trees, cypresses and vineyards punctuates the scenery, pretty much a painter's canvas. Inside is simply adorned. Every light that peers through the window sums up the experience here.....tranquil and sublimal.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2013

We travelled for about 45 minutes from the home we rented in Tuscany to hear the Gregorian chant of the monks. The setting is lovely and we enjoyed the short service. We also hiked up the nearby trail and visited two wineries. A nice change of pace during our trip.

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Chicago, Illinois
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7 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2013

We were staying at Castello Di Velona, just about 5 minutes away so how could we not stop here. The setting is amazing as you drive close by and look down into the valley to see this beautiful church. We walked the grounds enjoying the surrounding vines and olive trees while looking at the details of the building. We then... More

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