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Astino Convent (X sec.)

The environs of Bergamo Lying on the bottom of a silent valley not far outside Bergamo, the monastery of Astino is reached along a steep and narrow road that descends the eastern slope of the San Vigilio hill. Founded in the early 12th century by the monks of Vallombrosa to house a holy relic brought from Jerusalem by the first crusaders, the monastery (today abandoned) was extensively restructured in 1515 to develop a larger and more sumptuous complex. The works continued for more than a century and added a deep Renaissance choir and a porticoed cloister, linked by an elegant loggia, to the church. The contrast between the agricultural landscape of the small valley and the city suburbs is great, as too is that between the old monastery and the church of Maria Santissima Immacolata, built in 1962-65 at Lònguelo, a hamlet of Bergamo.

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  • Copyright: paolo ardiani (pione) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 214 W: 4 N: 244] (2031)
  • Genre: Lieux
  • Medium: Couleur
  • Date Taken: 2002-05-00
  • Categories: Châteaux
  • Exposition: f/4.5, 1/650 secondes
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  • Versions: version originale
  • Date Submitted: 2005-08-08 4:01
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