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The Casamari Abbey:  Architecture

The twisted columns supporting doubled narrow arches indicate the saracen influence in the architecture.

      In the cloister at the center of the Casamari abbey an Arabesque style of architecture can be readily observed. The cloister is a square courtyard yard surrounded by a covered walkway.  There is a well at the center of the cloister and the sound of running water can be heard coming from below.  Be sure to have a look at the artful, twisted, geometric patterns used to decorate the double columns that adorn the openings between the covered walkway and the inner courtyard. 

The pointed arch at the main gate to the casamari abbey is a clear indicator of the gothic influence.

         This is the main entrance to the Casamari Abbey. Notice the pointed arch, it is a hallmark of the Gothic style.


        The first impression of the monastery was one that I will not soon forget.  To the peasants of the 11th century, the high stone walls must have made it seem like only the will of God could have created such a place. 

 

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