An ancient Abbey allegedly built upon the request by the Emperor Charlemagne in thanksgiving for sparing his army from an epidemic in 781, the Abbey of Sant’ Antimo was originally built for the Benedictines. Remaining under the protection and care of the Benedictines, the Abbey remained an active center for the region until it was closed in 1462. The years were not kind to the Abbey, and by the 19th century much of the Abbey was in ruins until the 1870s when restorations began.
So why are we at a Benedictine Monastery you say? In 1979, the Archbishop of Siena convinced four Norbertines to re-establish a community in the Romenesque Abbey, and when the renovations were complete in 1992, the four Norbertines moved in. The now Independent Norbertine Abbey of Sant’ Antimo was elevated as such in 2011 and now serves to host roaming groups of Americans – those such as us – and thousands of Scouts over the summer. It is a beautiful church and Abbey in a very picturesque location.
(Thank you to Fr. Ted Antry for the Information)
The views of this Abbey and from this Abbey were absolutely stunning. Enjoy: