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Abbey Prala: photos, description (Abbazia di Praglia)

Abbey Prala is probably one of the most important religious buildings in the surroundings of Abano Terme. Located in the town of Teolo, a 10-minute drive from the thermal Spa. Full name is the Abbey of Santa Maria Assunta di Prela. With its private balconies and indoor galleries offer breathtaking views of the surrounding hills.

The Church of the Abbey was founded in the 12th century and almost completely rebuilt by monks in the 16th and 17th centuries. Wide staircase leading to the Church, begins almost immediately outside the city walls - it was built in 1490-1495-m years, probably by the architect Tullio Lombardo. Nearby is the Romanesque bell tower is all that remains of the original Church of the 12th century. Inside the building is decorated with paintings by Venetian artists of the 16th century, and over the altar is placed a wooden crucifix of the 14th century. Outside, to the right of the Church, is the entrance to the monastery. In the Abbey Prala is home to around 40 monks, is one of the largest in Italy Benedictine communes.

The attraction of the Abbey is the ancient library, which holds thousands of books - today it is a historical monument of national importance, despite the fact that the library has been sacked twice. In 1951-m to year there was established a special laboratory, which are engaged in restoration of ancient manuscripts and manuscripts.

An interesting cloister of the Abbey courtyard, surrounded on all sides by a gallery, it houses a Botanical collection. Also worth seeing is the refectory - it is notable for its seats of the 18th century, decorated with various small figurines with sayings. And outside the dining room you can see a valuable shell, which dates back to the 16th century.

Finally, not to mention an old pharmacy. The Benedictine community Prale never been isolated: at the beginning of the 20th century the monks trained local artisans. The monks not only restore books, but also made natural cosmetics from medicinal herbs, honey and other products bees. All this is prepared according to ancient recipes, but with the help of modern technology.