The monastic complex of the Abbey of Santa Maria di Follina rises, as required by the rule of the Cistercian Order, near the passage of a stream between a mountain and a plain. National monument since 1921, dates back to the twelfth century.
Abbazia di Follina History
Built on a previous Benedictine structure of the twelfth century, the current basilica presents the typical Latin plan with the facade facing west and the apse to the east, just as provided for the Cistercian symbolism. With the arrival of the Cistercians, the monastery reaches its peak of splendor and power, above all thanks to the relationship with the Da Camino family.
From the mid-fourteenth century began a period of decline, which culminated with the suppression of the monastery two centuries later under the rule of the Serenissima.
Since 1915 the Servants of Mary have settled in the monastery of Follina, who still live there today.
Inside the basilica there are various valuable works including: the fresco by Francesco da Milano depicting the "Madonna and Child between two Saints" dating back to 1527, a remarkable wooden crucifix dating back to the Baroque period and above all the sandstone statue of the Madonna del Sacro Calice (perhaps of Nubian origin of the 6th century) kept in the neo-gothic wooden altarpiece which has always been the object of veneration and pilgrimage by the faithful coming from all over Italy.
The splendid cloister of the abbey, dating back to the rest of the structure and perfectly preserved, was completed in 1268, when the Cistercian monks were set up. Placed in square, it has, in the center, the traditional fountain. The escape of the columns is rich in movement: twisted, paired, simple or knotted, they present capitals of varied design and a multiplicity of friezes. On the cloister there are various rooms: the sacristy, the chapter hall and the great refectory, now a monument to the fallen.
Complete the complex the bell tower dating back to the thirteenth century church: a square plan according to the Lombard scheme, presents on each side of the belfry a large mullioned window with white stone columns.
The Abbey of Follina can be visited every day from 7.00 to 12.00 and from 14.30 to 19.00.