The Fossanova Abbey complex was founded in the 9th century. The current church finished in 1203, pictured here, was built in a Cistercian Gothic style and was among the first of this type in Italy. It, along with the similar Casamari Abbey 50 km north of here served as the basis for this type of architecture in Italy. It's almost always the first mentioned gothic church when reading about Gothic Architecture in Italy. Another note of fame is that St. Thomas Aquinas died here in 1274.
This gives some sense of the setting of the Abbey. It's a very tranquil place. It's in the gently rolling hills surrounding the Pontine Plain south of Rome. The area is thickly covered with trees, almost obscuring the Abbey from the winding 2 lane S 609 which opens up onto the Pontine Plain just a kilometer or two south of here.
I also have a more detailed view of the side of the nave and a view from the cloister. Also the view of the Casamari doorway gives an idea of what these one would have looked like in better days. Unfortunately this Abbey has long since gone out of use. However, recently apartments have been put into various buildings in the complex as well as shops making a very pleasant village setting and money for restoration.
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Rinie_Hoff (9340) 2004-04-15 19:04
Hi Paul, You have really been to beautiful places, and set your eyes and camera at work. What a very, very nice and very sharp picture of the abbey. It's a beaitful piece of architecture what you show us, very rich in details, like the 'rose' window, (you would call it like that in Dutch), it is very crisp. And the remnants of an other part left of the door. You were lucky with the sky as well. Very nice, Paul. Thanks!
bertolucci (13351) 2004-04-15 19:45
Great shot, Paul. Apart from the "rose" window and the tower, the exterior of this church has an almost Romanesque austerity. I like your angle and the way you used the trees as a natural frame and as a devise to add depth to the pic. The superia-chrome again works very fine again: the colours are lovely. The pic is very crisp also. Very good job, Paul!
kajenn (2410) 2004-04-15 20:28
Well Paul, this is a long way from the "late-Baroque-Rococo" churches of southern Germany - not only geographical. It seems like a very calm and secluded place, and there's also some simplicity and purity over the church. I especially like the tower and the big window over the entrance. And you've done a nice capture of them and of the surroundings, yet nicely showing the basic Gothic structure of the church. Well done!
I had to get my map to place it and, of course, I've been in the vicinity. Before going to Rome last year we were to the Abbay di Montecassino, which was destroyed during WW2 and totally rebuilt - a hugh place, well worth visiting. And I think we had the same kind of weather - with near-Appennini clouds.
Zanni (6108) 2004-04-16 1:48
I confess my ignorance about the existence of this wonderful abbey (note that I know much of my Italy). I'd like to know the reason of the steps at the entrance: a free architect's choise or the ground conformation obliged it?
The photo is perfect as usual.
skyblue (69) 2004-04-16 3:08
What a beautiful view, with the cobbled road lead upto the church. I really like the detail on the church and I am interested to know if there is yet another photo to come of the front facade with the Rose window and a closer detail of the arch to the left of the main door. A lovely composition which hasn't lost the details on the church despite being shot in strong sunlight.
Spoony (3539) 2004-04-16 3:42
Nice angle to capture this monument... No doubt!
Good light and colors.
I like this kind of architecture. Very fine.
cmartos (242) 2004-04-16 4:41
I like the composition with trees in the foreground. Church stands out quiet and calm. Shadows could be more detailed and sky a bit more saturated, but this was not the purpose of your shot. A very good shot.
jhonny_blue (4956) 2004-04-16 4:59
Beautiful church in a wonderful place !
Itali is one the most beautiful places in the earth !
The colours the trees, the sky, all is perfect !
jhm (128091) 2004-04-16 6:14
Beautiful church Paul, excellent architecture photo, great work.
summer89 (5422) 2004-04-16 8:12
Great composition Paul.
I like the details and the architecture.
wilkinsonsg (8662) 2004-04-16 14:21
As always very detailed and interesting notes.
I like the composition of this image, sharp well balanced colours IMHO.
Seems a very peacefull place to be :)
dinaydase (651) 2004-04-16 21:11
It looks like the churches in some parts of the Turkey. I like your composition. YOu caught a nice moment without any interrupters around (Or did you clone them?) It is as if the ground level has increased from the door level a little bit in the passing years. Great shot and informative notes, Regards, Seda...
flip89 (3408) 2004-04-19 18:16
Oh my ... you are taking me to the land of enchantment and childhood fantasies. Europe at its best. So wonderful you were able to take a picture without tourists in it. How was it possible?
papagolf21 (79598) 2004-07-22 3:28
Je suis passé à côté de cette magnifique abbaye Paul ! L'angle de prise de vue est parfait (pourtant difficile à choisir avec l'environnement : arbres, etc.).
Superbe architecture religieuse. La place est très tranquille !
Comment avez-vous fait pour éviter les touristes ?
Merci beaucoup pour la note.
I forgot to see this magnificent abbey Paul! The angle of recording is completed (nevertheless difficult to choose with the environment: trees, etc.).
Magnificent religious architecture. The place is very quiet!
How did you make to avoid the tourists?
Thank you very much for the note.
mikee (2354) 2004-08-16 2:03
Good crisp and clear shot of this beautiful sunny place. The architecture of the Abbey is very impressive. Well captured. Wonderful composition.
The abbey seems to be sunken a bit into the ground. Is this true? What is the story behind the appearance of the facade - unfinished? damaged? It looks like this wasn't the original facade.
- Copyright: Paul Mastrogiacomo (pamastro) (7218)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2002-06-12
- Categories: Architecture
- Camera: Olympus IS-3 DLX, 35-180mm 1:4.5-5.6, Fuji Superia 200, Tiffen UV Haze
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Travelogue: Italy For Two Months
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- Date Submitted: 2004-04-15 18:40