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Montescaglioso Visitor Center - S. Michele Arcangelo Benedictine Abbey

Pianelle Visitor Center (Montescaglioso)
Piazza Racamato, 1
75024 Montescaglioso (MT)

Municipality: Montescaglioso Region: Basilicata

Tel. 0835/201016 - 334/8360098 - Fax 0835/201016

The huge and imposing monastic complex dedicated to Saint Michael the Archangel dates back to the 11th century. It is possible to admire two cloisters with their extraordinarily decorated capitals. The medieval symbols dominate with floral and animal patterns: hymns to joy and life. Downstairs, there are the kitchen halls with the big fireplace, the Refectory, and the Chapter House. Frescoes with images deeply linked to the Benedictine tradition are well visible. Upstairs there is the Library, with walls entirely covered with frescoes including ancient Greek philosophers, the Saints, the Cardinal and Theological Virtues. The Church, without its original vestments, is formed by a deep central nave and lateral chapels.
The Visitor Center Offices are situated in some halls on the ground floor.

Further info

Opening times:

November and December: from Tuesday to Sunday, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m..
Closed on Monday.

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