The Abbey of Sassovivo
The Abbey of Sassovivo is one of the older and most important monument in Foligno.
It was builded in about 1084 and at the beginning it was a military fortress, property of the Sir of the near castle of Uppello.
During that period a group of Benedictine monks have tried to build a refuge for pray in a place very close to the abbey. They have chosen this area because they needed to stay far from women and lay. Furthermore they needed to stay in a area rich of wood, stones, materials to build and source of water.
In 1229 the monks demand to build the cloister in marble. The work was done by master Pietro di Maria. It's composed of 128 columns, 58 strings, two entrances and a beautiful setting of classic style. The cloister is decorated with two lists of mosaics that make it more refined. The well in the center of the cloister is 1340. After centuries this is one of the most beautiful cloister of all Umbria and the abbey is a architectural jewel inside a wonderful landscape.
The first refuge of the monks