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Piona Abbey: photos, description (Abbazia di Piona)

Piona Abbey is an architectural complex located on the shores of lake Como in the town of Colico and are considered one of the most beautiful in Northern Italy. The Abbey is perfectly integrated in the amazing beauty of the landscape - it stands on top of Olgiasca tiny promontory that juts out into the lake, forming a small Bay. The very small Bay only adds charm to the whole area, its quietness and pristine reminiscent of the past, about the times when they prayed and meditated.

The Church of St. Justin is the Central architectural feature of the Abbey, was erected in the early middle Ages and in subsequent centuries "overgrown" private Priory and monastery complex which was part of the political-religious network created by of Cluny congregation. Despite the fact that the Abbey was located outside the town of Colico, it, nevertheless, was on the tracks, which is of great importance in those years when there were constant wars.

Today, the Abbey of Piona is one of the most romantic architectural monuments of Lombardy. The Church is decorated with huge window lintel, and inside consists of a single aisle. At the entrance you can see the figures of two lions in marble fountains. Special attention is given to the cycle of paintings of the 13th century, located in the apse: in the centre is the figure of Christ with an open book surrounded by symbols of the four evangelists and the twelve apostles.

Behind the building of the Church are visible remains of a medieval apse, the purpose of which still remains unknown. The bell tower nearby, on the North side, was built in the 18th century. A covered gallery, which can be accessed through a portal with pointed arches, dates from the 13th century. This cloister produces a special impression: the perimeter of the patio installed forty-four marble columns, the capitals of which are exquisitely decorated with images of leaves, flowers and animals. Pillars support the upper floor with terracotta archivolt and elegant Windows.

At the entrance to the indoor gallery is a fresco of the 15th or 16th century depicting Christ appearing to Mary, and over the entrance you can see a bust of Christ. On the porch behind the Church is a fresco-calendar, done in a simple and fairly common style. The upper part shows the months of the year in connection with agricultural work, for example, July is the grinding of wheat. And the bottom part depicts eleven saints and their velikomuchenitsi feats. This mural calendar were made before the construction of the cloister and was originally placed outside the Church.