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La Trinità della Cava, commonly known as Badia di Cava, is a Benedictine territorial abbey located near Cava de' Tirreni, in the province of Salerno, southern Italy. It stands in a gorge of the Finestre Hills.
It was founded in 1011 by Alferius of Pappacarbona, a noble of Salerno who became a Cluniac monk and had lived as a hermit in the vicinity since 1011. Pope Urban II endowed this monastery with many privileges, making it immediately subject to the Holy See, with jurisdiction over the surrounding territory.
The first four abbots were canonized as saints on December 21, 1893, by Pope Leo XIII.
In 1394, Pope Boniface IX elevated it to a diocese, with the abbots functioning as bishops. In 1513, Pope Leo X separated the two offices, detaching the city of Cava from the abbot's jurisdiction. About the same time the Cluniacs were replaced by Cassinese monks.
The monastery was closed under Napoleon but the community remained relatively unscathed, thanks to Abbot Carlo Mazzacane, and was restored after his fall. The abbey still provides the surrounding parishes with clergy.
The church and the greater part of the buildings were entirely modernized in 1796. The old Gothic cloisters are preserved. The church contains a fine organ and several ancient sarcophagi. Make Badia della Santissima Trinita' part of your personalized Cava De' Tirreni itinerary using our Cava De' Tirreni planner.
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This beautiful church with fine wooden carved pulpit, belongs to a benedictine abbey. The walls are embellished with finely painted and carved geometric patterns. The paintings are also impressive.
This beautiful church with fine wooden carved pulpit, belongs to a benedictine abbey. The walls are embellished with finely painted and carved geometric patterns. The paintings are also impressive. more »
We toured the Badia with a personal guide and one of the priests that resides there and it was an incredible experience! We toured the catacombs built 1,000 years ago and saw the beautiful paintings.... more
We toured the Badia with a personal guide and one of the priests that resides there and it was an incredible experience! We toured the catacombs built 1,000 years ago and saw the beautiful paintings.... more »
Abbey built over the centuries inside the rock. The church is unexpectedly rich in marble and colors despite the fact that the facade is quite anonymous. Part of the abbey can be visited with guided tours. The possibility of entering a still active abbey is always an incredible emotion.
The Church is ver beautiful and it is built in the rocks. The guided tour is worth a half day for the peculiaruty of the original settlement. The sorrounding scenary is amazing.
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