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Situated in the territory of Veroli, founded in 1035 on the remains of the ancient Roman city of "Cereate Marianae" thanks to four priests, who formed a religious community under the rule of St. Benedict. In 1151 came the Cistercians that rebuilt entirely in Burgundian Gothic forms and made a fiorentissimo cultural center.
Decayed instead towards the flourishing, 1430 with the acceptance of the rule in 1717 Trappist.
In 1864 it was raised in the Congregation, that in 1988 there were 19 religious houses with 220 monks.
The planimetric complex repeats in the schema of the Abbey of Fossanova, in tur
The library, inside the Abbey of Casamari, occupies the extreme part of the West Wing of the monastery, where once stood the refectory of the conversi and accessed via an outside staircase. The Hall has a coffered ceiling, supported by four arches, departing from three pillars. With more than eighty thousand volumes, including a dozen manuscripts and incunabula, i.e. printed works immediately after the invention of printing (15th century). The oldest manuscript is a rule of St. Benedict, the end of the twelfth century; others date back to the 14th and 15th century. The library is one of the mo
The collection comprises Roman period materials from Cereatae Marianae, the Roman centre on which the Abbey was built. Beside them there are some paleontological findings (tusks of elephas antiquus), prehistoric and pre-Roman period artefacts (arrow points and a dagger of the 3rd millennium B.C.), and objects from the Liri valley and the necropolis of Oria in Puglia. In the educational panels, particular attention has been dedicated to students, for whom drawings and very short explanatory texts have been prepared. Beside the findings and in the showcases, there are some graphic reconstruction
Entirely dedicated to the spontaneous plants of monti Ernici, the Museum, housed in an ancient Palace in the heart of the city, collects and exposes about 1250 plant samples presented in the form of dried and prepared as a real check with scientific and vernacular nomenclature of species represented. Various exhibits are also aspects of medicine and folk tradition, giving thus emphasize the importance that the plants have had in the past as a resource, and economic healing. This aspect is also complemented by an interesting parallel exposure of ancient pharmacy equipment and medicinal preparat
The Antiquarian Collection of Veroli, annexed to the Giovardiana Library founded in 1773 by Vittorio Giovardi Utriusque Signaturae Decanus, the Supreme Tribunal of the Church of Rome.
The library is rich with about 16,000 volumes, ten vellum manuscripts with miniatures, about 280 paper manuscripts, forty-two incunabula from the 15th century, hundreds of parchments, sixteenth-century editions, a thousand engravings, drawings by Carlo Maratta and other unknown painters of the 16th-18th centuries.
The Antiquarian Collection preserves artifacts of the excavations during the construction of the semin