Basilica Benedettina di Sant'Angelo in Formis, Sant'Angelo in Formis

#7 of 126 in Historic Sites in Province of Caserta
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  • This is an 11th century Romanesque church you definitely don’t want to miss. After a recent restoration, it’s in wonderful condition given its age. The colorful frescoes that cover the inside walls....  more »
  • We drove 100 Km specifically to see the site, which was supposed (according to website and sign on the gate) to open at 15.00. After 45 minutes in the boiling sun, we gave up. The organisation (or...  more »
  • The church was built at the time of the Lombardi in the SIXTH century, in honor of the Archangel St. Michael at the foot of Mount Tifata, near Capua. The Basilica was first told to Arin Dianae, because it was built on the ruins of the temple of Diana Tifatina then called in Formis or ad formis for the presence of some arches of aqueduct. It is not known precisely when the church was built, but it already existed at the time of the bishop of Capua Peter I (925-938), who granted to the monks of Montecassino the Church of St. Michael the Archangel to build a monastery, as evidenced by the Chronicon Cassinese. In 943 Sicon, Bishop of Capua and Lombard lineage, removed the church to the Cassinesi to give it to a deacon who seems to have transformed the sacred building into a meeting place for the idle of the place. In 1066 the Prince Richard with Giordano, his son, donated to the Church of S. Angelo the territory of Sarzano with its appurciences. Six years later, in February of 1072, the Prince donated the cenobium of St. Angelo with all its pertinences to the Cassinese monastery. Desiderio, the great Abbot Cassinese, had the new church rebuilt and frescoed between 1072 and 1087. Between the Prince and the abbot, already linked by ties of friendship, began a close collaboration in the final arrangement of the church and convent. On ancient columns was erected the basilica and in the immediate vicinity were built a guesthouse, the sacristy, the hospital, a hospice and, later, a chapel dedicated to St. Nicholas of Myra. A lively monastic centre was born which housed a community of forty monks. In a document of 15 September 1095, Richard II, Prince of Capua, confirms to St. Angelo in Formis the possessions and privileges granted to the monastery by Richard I and his successors by Giordano. The monastery had a long life and only in 1417 was suppressed, when the monks left and the ancient Cenobium became, under the pontificate of Martino V, a Provost ship subject to Montecassino. Before 1574 begins the series of Commendatari Abbati. The Cardinal, Antonio Carafa, is the first who began a slow abandonment of the cenobitic buildings. In 1732 the Abbot Giuseppe Renato Imperiale made numerous restorations to restore the church and the annexed buildings. In 1766 the monastery became dependent on the Church of St. Marcello in Capua. Later, in 1799 it was declared a royal patronage, because the Bourbons proclaimed themselves heirs of the Norman Princes Riccardo I and Giordano I. In the first half of the NINETEENTH century abbot Caprioli restructured the ceiling and added the sacristy and the cemetery. In 1870, the abbey passed to the state domain. The church of S. Angelo in Formis is considered the most important building of Romanesque architecture in the Capuana region. It is presented with a portico 17, 40m long, with five arches, four acute Muslim recall bows with vaulted a central one full-sixth, with barrel vault, much higher than the others supported by four columns, two of Cipollino marble and two of granite , while on both sides two massive pillars of Tuff. The four columns, clearly bare, were taken from a temple or a civil building.
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  • We stayed in this wonderful place for a wedding on September 16, 2019. The Benedictine Basilica of Sant'Angelo in Formis is a basilica entirely Romanesque, on three aisles. It is located slightly in the mountains so as to allow a breathtaking view of all the neighboring countries. It has a large courtyard in front of the basilica that gives on the lookout. Inside it is equally beautiful, given the frescoes that completely cover the internal structure of the church. Maintenance is also respectful of the style of the basilica, but at the same time clean and tidy. Even the courtyard outside, in the side spaces, there are equally ordered cypresses. The only flaw is the parking lot, located not so far from the basilica, but it has a stretch of dirt road, which was a problem for us wedding guests. In general, absolutely a place to visit.
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