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San Daniele Monastery

This Benedictine Monastery rises up on the Hill of the same name, a gentle slope

and is inhabited and managed by a little community of 20 nuns. They spend their life practicing the “ora et labora” Rule

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History of the Monastery from its construction up to the present day

It was built by the Lords of Montagnone between 1076 and 1078 in honor of the deacon and martyr Saint Daniele, and assigned to Benedictine Monks. In February 1461 it became home of the Canons Regular of the Most Holy Savior of Venice. They improved the building with great renovation and adornment. In consequence of a regulation of the Republic of Venice in which the number of monasteries in its territory had to be limited, in 1771 the building was purchased by the Bonomi- Todeschini family. In 1947 the Villa-Castle got back to be a Monastery thanks to the arrival of a community of Benedictine Nuns coming from the Saint Rocco Monastery of Rijeka (Croatia), and it still hosts a small community of cloistered nuns.

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The Church

When you arrive at the Monastery, some steps lead you to the church, which was reconstructed in 1711 by the architect Francesco Muttoni. The three statues on the gable, by Corradini, represent Christ the Savior and two angels. The façade is decorated with large oval stone carvings. There is a rose window above the entrance. Inside the Church, the mural painting in the dome represents the martyr Saint Daniele transported to heaven.

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The antependium of the high altar is a work by Corradini as well: the bas-relief on the white marble block of Verona, represents the martyrdom of Saint Daniele, surrounded by lilies, roses and palms, symbols of purity, faith, martyrdom. Always by Corradini are the four white-stone statues in the niches, representing the four evangelists. The side altars, built in 1716, are embellished by two canvases attributed to Palma il Giovane.

 
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Holy Mass

Holy Mass: on Sunday and feast days at 9:30 am; on weekdays at 7:30 am.

 

Life in the Monastery

Life in the Monastery

The day of Nuns starts at 5:30 am and ends at 9:30 pm, and it is characterized by the succession of liturgical celebrations, Lectio, work and brotherly life. Nuns, besides managing and taking care of the monastery building and doing activities for their community, grow a vegetable garden and vineyards, they prepare honey and the holy bread for their church and others, because, as Saint Benedict said “…Then they are real monks when they live by the labor of their hands”.

 

The courtyard

From the windows of the Villa’s rooms that look out onto the interior part, you can glimpse the courtyard, which discloses the soul of the building: silence, prayers, the work of the community of nuns who live here.

The panorama

A panoramic loggia allows the view on the villa’s façade, that at Bonomi’s time was surrounded by a beautiful Italian garden. As the nuns arrived, the park was turned into a vegetable garden. Today the park has many essences and features a panorama on the thermal cities of Abano and Montegrotto. You can stop over in the loggia, in the shade, and take some photos and admire the landscape spreading below you.

 

The Museum

The Monastery and the part used as museum are on the right side of the church. In the low ground some rooms can be visited; these show the changes made by the Bonomi family to make the building a summer house, with reception rooms, living rooms, dining rooms and ballrooms. Among the rooms that can be visited, we can mention the Stucco Room (12), featuring the original entrance with a Murano glass door and the 16th century floor with geometrical terracotta and stone drawings. Stuccos are from the 18th century as well as the ceiling, the fireplace and the mirror.

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Visiting hours in the weekdays
From March to November:
morning 10-12.
Afternoon summer time 15:10 – 17:30;
winter time 16-18

 

The Yellow Room, the Red Room and the Green Room are beautiful; the names are due to the color of the wallpaper, and they feature wonderful coffered ceilings with massive oak girders and floors with geometrical drawings. Yellow Room (14) used as a living room Red Room (15/16) it was the dining room of the Bonomi counts.

 
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The Bar

Open all year round, morning 10-12; afternoon summer time 14.30-17.00; winter time 15.00-18.00. In the left side of the church there is a little bar. It also sells some monastery’s products such as honey, pollen, spirits, and cosmetics prepared according to original recipes owned by the monastery (6/9). Stop over and have a rest: besides enjoying some peace in the shade of the trees, you will help the community life.

 

The walk

From Abano you can easily reach the Monastery by foot. Crossing the tangenziale Ovest road is made easier by roundabouts and pedestrian crossings, which are then replaced by a spacious bicycle path along the foot of the Hill; its slope represents the only “difficulty” here; but it gets eased by the shadow of trees that act as a shield from noise: it’s absolute peace.

Abano.it warmly thanks the monk community, especially Sister Maria Chiara for the hospitality and the information, thanks to which we could write this page.

 
 
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