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The Casamari Abbey:  The Church

       Here is a view of the bell tower and the outer wall of the Church at Casamari taken from inside of the cloister.  Here you can better see the pointed archways and double arch openings that mark the stylistic preferences of the era in which the Monastery was constructed.  (11th Century)

The interior of the stunningly stark gothic-style interior of the Church at the Casamari Abbey, Italy.

The inside of the Abbey Church is extremely Gothic in style, with the exception of the Baroque altar.

 

      If you are at the Casamari Abbey at 10:45 on a Sunday morning, you will hear mass being called by the melodic sound of bells ringing in the tower high above.  It has been done that way for 800 years.   The ceremony that is performed here is a re-creation of The Last Supper which is performed in Gregorian chant. (every Sunday)

 

       The Abbey was constructed at a time when The Church was attempting to "play-down" its wealth.  There was to be no display of opulence.  That is why it is so plain in appearance.  This can be observed even in the windows at the far end of the main hall.  Stained glass (although some fine examples of stained glass can be found elsewhere in the monastery) was considered to be a decadent display of wealth.  So, thin slices of agate were used in the windows.  The semi precious stone was polished only on the inside.  From the outside the rough stone blended into the wall, while from the inside the agate's  translucent properties gave the appearance of a glass window.

 

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