The Abbey of Santa Marla di Casanova
The first of the Cistercian abbeys in Abruzzo, Santa Maria di Casanova was founded in 1197. With the spread of the Cistercian order over Italy its importance grew quickly until it administered a large network of other abbeys in Abruzzo and surrounding regions. Its growth was also helped by the decline of the Benedictine monasteries.
At its height at least 500 monks lived in the abbey and produced extraordinary scholastic works (many of which are housed in the Ambrosiana library in Milan), works of art and furniture Its gradual decline was brought about by changes in economic circumstances, religious attitudes and the actions of surrounding land owners.
Eventually in 1807 with the suppression of religious orders by Joseph Bonapart it was dissolved. Since then it has laid in ruins. Anyone interested in finding out more about the Abbey should contact us or read the excellent history L’abbazia di Santa Maria di Casanova, Giampiero Provico (Cooperativa Cospes)