APT Basilicata

APT Basilicata

Basilicata turistica

Montescaglioso - Abbey of St. Michele Arcangelo

Piazza del Popolo
Cell. 334 8360098 (Abbazia)
Tel. 0835 200630 (Pro Loco)
E-mail: [email protected]
Sito web: www.cea.montescaglioso.net
- da aprile a ottobre 10:00-13:00 e 15:00-19:00 (chiuso lunedì pomeriggio)
- da novembre a marzo 10:00-13:00 e 15:00-17:00 (chiuso lunedì)
Ingresso gratuito
Visite guidate: intero € 4 - ridotto € 2 (under 12)

The abbey dates back to about the middle of the XI century, when some Benedictine monastic communities replaced the religious communities of Greek origin in many towns.

In the late Middle Ages it fell into disgrace, so much that it had to be rebuilt at the end of the XV century. The core of the abbey can be found in the eastern cloister and the church, rebuilt by the Benedictine Congregation of St. Giustina from Padua.

Over the centuries, the monks' intervention has gradually added new structural elements to the original construction, so there is a beautiful colonnade, several new buildings and wonderful fresco cycles made by the greatest artists in Basilicata.

In 1784, when the monks left for Lecce, the abbey lost part of its works of art, library and archive. At the beginning of the XIX century, the monastery became property of the municipality.