Abbey of Sant Antimo
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Visit the Abbey of Sant'Antimo, ancient benedictine abbey.Number of views: 4399
The Abbey of Sant’Antimo is an ancient abbey inhabited over the centuries by Benedictine monks. The current Church was built at the beginning of the 12th century, but the origins of the Abbey are much older. Legend traces the foundation of Sant’Antimo back to the 9th century, at the time of the Holy Roman Empire, led by Emperor Charlemagne, believed to be the founder of a chapel, called the Carolingian Chapel, corresponding to the current sacristy. Certainly the Abbey existed in the year 814 when the emperor Louis the Pious, successor of Charlemagne, issued a diploma that enriches it with assets and privileges.
The large construction site for the current church began in the 12th century, as evidenced by the Charta Lapidaria, an inscription placed in the steps of the main altar which recalls the donation given to the abbey by the Ardengheschi family in 1118. This year marks the beginning of the period of greatest splendor of the Abbey of Sant'Antimo which becomes one of the richest and most important monasteries in the region on which numerous parish churches, castles and farms depend.