Badia della Santissima Trinita', Cava De' Tirreni

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La Trinità della Cava, commonly known as Badia di Cava, is a Benedictine territorial abbey located near Cava de' Tirreni, in the province of Salerno, southern Italy. It stands in a gorge of the Finestre Hills.
It was founded in 1011 by Alferius of Pappacarbona, a noble of Salerno who became a Cluniac monk and had lived as a hermit in the vicinity since 1011. Pope Urban II endowed this monastery with many privileges, making it immediately subject to the Holy See, with jurisdiction over the surrounding territory.
The first four abbots were canonized as saints on December 21, 1893, by Pope Leo XIII.
In 1394, Pope Boniface IX elevated it to a diocese, with the abbots functioning as bishops. In 1513, Pope Leo X separated the two offices, detaching the city of Cava from the abbot's jurisdiction. About the same time the Cluniacs were replaced by Cassinese monks.
The monastery was closed under Napoleon but the community remained relatively unscathed, thanks to Abbot Carlo Mazzacane, and was restored after his fall. The abbey still provides the surrounding parishes with clergy.
The church and the greater part of the buildings were entirely modernized in 1796. The old Gothic cloisters are preserved. The church contains a fine organ and several ancient sarcophagi.
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  • We toured the Badia with a personal guide and one of the priests that resides there and it was an incredible experience! We toured the catacombs built 1,000 years ago and saw the beautiful paintings....  more »
  • This abbey is a surprise as much if it is built into the rock of its steep sided valley. It is only on touring inside the whole building that its full extent is revealed. Guided tours only and the.....  more »
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  • The history dates back to 1011. The beauty of the church and grounds is lovely. I am proud to live in Cava dei Tirreni with all of its wonderful history!
  • One of the most interesting Medieval abbey I have visited so far.
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