The Olivetana Abbey of Rodengo Saiano
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The Olivetana Abbey of Rodengo Saiano is located in the Franciacorta region, in the province of Brescia. The abbey dates back to the 12th century and was founded by Benedictine monks. The architecture of the abbey is in Romanesque style, and is characterized by a large atrium, a bell tower and an imposing white marble entrance portal.
Over the centuries, the Olivetana Abbey underwent numerous restoration and expansion works, especially in the period between the 14th and 18th centuries. During the Renaissance period, the side chapels and the hand-carved wooden choir were added. In the 18th century, important modifications were made inside the church, while the new sacristy was built and the refectory was renovated.
During the Napoleonic period, the abbey suffered a major decline and was used as a military hospital. It was only in the second half of the 19th century that the monastic community was re-established in the church.
Starting from the 1970s, significant restoration works were initiated with the aim of restoring the original appearance of the building. In 1986, the Olivetana Abbey was declared a national monument.
Today, the Olivetana Abbey is an important cultural center and hosts art exhibitions, cultural events and concerts. The church, considered one of the masterpieces of Romanesque architecture in Franciacorta, is visitable by tourists all year round.