Abbazia Florense

Abbazia Florense, San Giovanni in Fiore: Address, Abbazia Florense Reviews: 4.5/5

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Jeff S
Atlanta60 contributions
The Church of my Family
Oct 2018 • Friends
Beautiful church with lots of history. This is also the place where my great uncle said his first Mass as a Franciscan Friar. Our local friends help arrange a private Mass and 10yr renewal of marriage vows of a couple in our group whose ancestors also came from San Giovanni in Fiore. Visited the basement crypt with the urn of the remains of Gioacchino da Fiore.
Written November 27, 2018
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nicolas s
Milan, Italy2,267 contributions
absolutely beautiful
Sep 2017 • Friends
simple, but a great building and lovely atmosphere . a must see in S.Giovanni, a real historical landmark and the whole old town is really gorgeous
Written October 5, 2017
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BigPoppi43
Morgantown, West Virginia62 contributions
Grande old church
Jun 2016 • Friends
Very historic religious structure that is over 800 years old . interesting history related to a character mentioned dantes inferno
Written May 23, 2017
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John C
Pelham, NY2 contributions
Step back into the Middle Ages...
Jul 2016 • Family
I thought we were on the set of Game of Thrones! This 12th century abbey has an incredible ability to transport you back to the Middle Ages. We visited when there was a wedding so it made the experience that much more special. Around the Abbey there are many wonderful artisanal shops that will add a great deal to the overall experience.
Written July 16, 2016
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Steven M
Sydney, Australia144 contributions
Entirely agree with other reviewer that this is 'a lot of effort for a minimum return'
May 2016 • Friends
Unless you have a passionate interest in Cistercian architecture, or in the mystic Joachim da Fiore, or just want to tick off places associated with people mentioned by Dante in the Divine Comedy, this 'abbey' will have little interest for you. What remains of the abbey buildings, apart from the church, are now an old people's home. If you are driving, this is a nightmare to reach.
Written May 22, 2016
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ELear
Ancona, Italy3,163 contributions
An austere community
Mar 2015 • Couples
Whatever the other reviewer found, in fact it's easy to get there. Drive (the road's fine, except maybe in the depths of winter) or get the bus (from Cosenza), and once you're in San Giovanni the abbey's obvious. If you're not staying, allow a whole day at least.

The abbey itself (not the first Joachim built here - there was an earlier one nearby, but it burnt down) is predominantly austere romanesque, with a few eye-relieving decorative elements (the porch, the windows in the facade…) What impressed us most of all, though, was the thought of the monks coming here, to what must, in the twelfth century, have been an appallingly bleak spot even by Cistercian standards. (Compare, say, Rievaulx, which is also solitary, also out in the country and centred on agricultural work, but tucked away in a cosy valley.) How on earth did they get through the winters ?
Written November 17, 2015
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Dr. Bob
Holiday, FL802 contributions
A lot of effort for a minimum return
Oct 2013 • Friends
Difficult to reach, nestled as it is among twisting, winding, narrow, hilly alleys, the enormous church is stripped to the bare bones and so cold within that the locals refer to it as the refrigerator. The structure has a crypt which can be visited. The attraction here is not so much the architecture or its setting but the personality of the Medieval mystic and monk, Giovanni, whose complex explanation rooted in numerology, is documented in part in a "museum" attached to this abbey. The museum consists of a series of enormous didactic panels, in English and Italian, illustrated with reproductions of Medieval manuscripts, which attempt to explain some of that mystic's prophecy.
Written October 28, 2013
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