San Vincenzo al Volturno is one of Molise’s most important medieval centres, with its monastery founded towards the end of the 7th century under the aegis of the Lombard Gisulfo I, Duke of Benevento. The monastery, connected to Montecassino, reached the height of its influence in the 9th century, when under its abbot, Giosuè, it had over 300 monks, eight churches and possessions in the regions of Abruzzo, Lazio, Campania and Puglia.
It maintained its primacy during the reign of Charlemagne by dint of privileges and donations, but entered a period of crisis in 848 after an earthquake, followed in 882 by a sack by the Arabs.
Around the year 1000 the monastery was rebuilt on the other side of the river, in a more easily defended position. Today it is still rich in relics of the past and sacred works of art, while its original abandoned site is an archaeological dig.

Abbey in San Vincenzo al Volturno



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