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San Godenzo

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WHERE IS AN ANCIENT ABBEY WHICH ALSO HOSTED DANTE ALIGHIERI

San Godenzo is in the province of Florence and lies on the slopes of Mount Falterona. The town once was dominated by the noble family of the counts Guidi. The village, in 1500 until 1700, it became a Dominion of the Grand Duchy of Florence and then passed to the House of Lorraine.

The Benedictine Abbazia di San Gaudenzio is located in the heart of the municipality and is a worthy example of Romanesque architecture. The Interior is divided into three naves and of particular value are the pulpit, the wooden statue of Saint Sebastian and several paintings of great value. The relics of St. Gaudentius is preserved in the crypt. The building underwent significant structural changes apart from some restoration and modifications in 1482. At the Abbey, in about 1300, a Conference was held which brought together the Ghibellines and the White Guelphs exiles. The event will also participate the great poet, Dante Alighieri.

Of great interest is the Eremo of Santa Maria or Eremo dei Toschi which rises over the mutton. The Church is still consecrated.

 

Traditions and Typical products

San Godenzo is renowned for its handcrafted wood, wrought iron and stone.

 

Photo Credits [insangodenzo.blogspot.it]

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