Novalesa is in the Val di Susa, on the route to the Mont Cenis Pass. The founder, Abbo of Provence, was a local Frankish governor. The Abbey was on the Via Francigena, a major pilgrimage road. The founding monks are thought to have come from the Grenoble region. It was endowed by Charlemagne and Louis the Pious. The first phase of the Abbey's history came to an end when it was destroyed by Saracen raiders in 906.
Restorations have gone on, over the past three centuries. The Abbey is a current Benedictine monastery.
- ↑ Piemontefeel - MUSEI
- ↑ piedmontese history 1
- ↑ Abbazia di Novalesa - abbey Turin Building Tiscover
- ↑ Savorie, Provence and Alps Carolingian Visitor's Guide, Carolingian sites, French feudal coins
- ↑ In Italy Online - La Via Francigena In The "Valley Of The Abbeys"
- ↑ Montagnedoc - Culture - Abbeys - Novalesa Abbey
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- www.abbazianovalesa.org/ (Italian), official site.