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Abbey of Novacella by sstarlightss

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Bressanone – Alto Adige (Sud Tyrol) – Italy

Novacella Abbey
From pilgrims home to the production of wine

The widest monastery of the whole Alto Adige (Sud Tyrol), Novacella Abbey lies not far from Bressanone and it is surrounded by woods, meadows and vineyards. Founded in the XII century (1142) by the bishop of Bressanone as a home for pilgrims travelling to Rome trough Brennero valley, it has been enlarged in the following centuries and given to the Augustinian order. Since mediaeval times it has been the most important centre in Sud Tyrol of learning and culture, known all over Europe. It is still today administrated by the Augustinian Friars.
In the monastery, there are several buildings from different periods and made with different styles; the result is a charming mixture: the tower bell, the walls of the church and S. Michael Archangel’s Chapel are in Romanic style, the church, the vaults, the paintings in the cloister, some portals and some ruins of the walls, the entrance tower are in Gothic style, while the outside decorations of the church and the rich library are in Baroque and Rococo style.
Worth a visit are the great Baroque church dedicated to the Madonna, full of works of art, and the wonderful library, which extends on two stocks where about 65,000 printed volumes apart from the manuscripts divided into 43 subjects are conserved.
The Abbey is not only a cultural centre but also a big wine growing and producing reality in Alto Adige. In fact the great court of the abbey also contains the entrance to the cellars, where wine has been made from local grapes for at least nine centuries. The part open to the public is outside the abbey complex itself next to the great gate, where rooms full of tables are set aside for the wine lover to taste and select his purchases. The abbey produces all the wines included in the DOC Valle Isarco and is particularly famous for its Sylvaner.

Novacella Abbey

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  • Bonnie Robert
    Bonnie Robertalmost 5 years ago

    Very beautiful capture my dear, hugs, Bonnie

  • Thank you so much, Bonnie, for your appreciation and your sweet support! Hugs and love. ;o)

    – sstarlightss

  • MischaC
    MischaCalmost 5 years ago

    What a wonderful place! After all of your photos, I’ve moved Italy up my list of places I need to visit.

  • Thank you a lot, Mischa for your words : it’s the best compliment to me. I’m so glad that you appreciated like this my images. Italy is worth to be visited, especially in those little beautiful places normally not included in the tours operators. Thank you so very much for your so lovely comment. I’m here for every further “info” you’d need. Hugs. ;o)

    – sstarlightss

  • resi
    resialmost 5 years ago

    Stupenda! una bellissima foto. Ciao, Resi

  • Grazie, Resi, è l’Abbazia che è superba! Barocco e Rococò la fanno da padroni, e dovunque dominano il bianco e l’oro. Merita una visita anche perché è tutto un complesso, quasi fortificato, racchiuso in una cinta di mura… Vale veramente la pena! Un bacione. ;o)

    – sstarlightss

  • PhotosByG
    PhotosByGalmost 5 years ago

    Congratulations! Your photo has been featured in “Fountains, Wrought Iron & Gates etc.”

    This photo was chosen because it was of a very high quality and it captured exactly the sort of work we are looking for in this group.

    Please keep up the great work and we hope you continue to add more of your excellent photographs to this group.


    – sstarlightss

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