Places of cult between spirituality and nature

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Places of cult between spirituality and nature

Divine union between architecture and the surrounding environment. Beautiful places that inspire beauty. Meditation in the soul and in the search for the ideal solution, integrating space and feelings.

Discovering places that are not only a celebration of worship: immersed in the natural reality that hosts them, they raise harmony. Here are some suggestions.

In Acqualagna the abbey of S. Vincenzo al Furlo, rebuilt in 1271, evokes that passage of Roman memory and the Sanctuary of the Pelingo (1820) accompanies in avenues of lime trees. In Cagli, in the Monastery of S. Pietro and S. Cecilia, with origins dating back to before the thirteenth century, one can also stay in spiritual retreat some days, following the precepts of the Rule of St. Benedict: "Ora et Labora".

On the eastern side of Mount Catria, having as reference Frontone and Serra Sant'Abbondio, history gives us the times of the great poet and in front of the hermitage of Fonte Avellana here we are in that "... gibbo called Catria, below to whom an erm is consecrated, / which is usually disposed only in Latria "as Dante writes in the XXI canto del Paradiso meeting Pier Damiani (1007-1072), prior of the monastery of Fonte Avellana. Monastery dedicated to the worship of God (latria) and that rises under the hump (gibbo) and that is Mount Catria.

All around beech woods, pastures and fields for a complex grown over time, passing from the huts to the stone and then cloister, church with crypt, chapter room, the scriptorium, the monks' cells, guesthouse and library, bell tower. A place to stay and stop, imagining the scribes intent on copying manuscripts.

The library, no doubt dedicated to Dante Alighieri, preserves over ten thousand volumes, even with illuminated manuscripts and ancient sacred books. With the function of the first breviary of the community, as well as a document dedicated to the evolution of musical notations, stands out the NI Code of the eleventh century.

To add beauty there is the Botanical Garden of the monastery, open to the public.