Photographer's Note

The Augustinian Abbey of Novacella, in the municipality of Varna, in the immediate vicinity of Bressanone, in the Autonomous Province of Bolzano north east italy, is one of the most prestigious abbeys of northern Italy and of the Alpine Arc, as well as a huge complex of religious and civil buildings.
The monastery of Novacella was founded in 1142 by the bishop of the diocese of Bressanone Blessed Hartmann, former provost of the Abbey of Klosterneuburg, with the help of burgraves Säben Reginbert and his wife Christina. The abbey belongs to the Austrian Lateran Congregation of Canons Regular of St. Augustine.

At the center of the main courtyard of the abbey (the one you see in the picture) is the Renaissance well, said "well of wonders" because is surmounted by an octagonal kiosk on the sides of which are depicted the seven wonders of antiquity and the eighth side, proudly, the abbey itself.

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