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San Pietro al Monte in Lecco  

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S.Pietro al Monte This is a place of worship of considerable artistic interest at European level.The church of S. Pietro al Monte in Civate together with the chapel of St.Benedict's and a few rooms is all that remains of... more an ancient Benedictine monastic complex.It is situated in an isolated position at an altitude of about 650 meters and it can be reached by walking for about an hour along a path through the woods. The history The origins of the monastery are still not clear as the relationship with the monastic complex of S. Calocero, situated in the town and perhaps a second centre for the same monastic community and which name was given when the body of the martyr St.Calocero was moved there, in 9th century.According to a legend, the church and the monastery of S. Pietro al Monte were founded by Desiderio, king of the Longobards as a sign of gratitude to God for having given his son Adalgiso back his sight, after being suddenly struck by blindness.The monastery in the Carolingian period was a centre of a certain importance in the renewal of cultural, monastic and clerical life and a meeting place for monks and pilgrims.Records show that important persons lived in this monastery, among which Archbishop Arnolfo III(1097),  elected according to the wishes of the Emperor Henry VI, retreated voluntarily to the monastery, following his admonition by the Pope. Arnolfo showed his submission and agreement with the bishop of Rome, also symbolically, orientating this temporary cathedral as the one in Rome. Besides, the ciborium is similar to the one in the church of S.Ambrogio in the Roman fashion.In 1162 the abbot of S. Pietro and his monks took sides with Barbarossa against the bishop of Milan, and probably a consequence of this fact , the monastic dwellings were destroyed while the religious building were saved.Towards the end of the 15th century, also in the lower monastery the monks became fewer and all the property passed as a benefice to a member of the secular clergy.The Cisalpine directory (28th June 1798) dispersed all the property of the monastery selling it to private buyers.Only in 1927 monsignor Polvara, architect and painter, began to concern himself with the precious monument which was abandoned and almost completely in ruins. His religious community, the Beato Angelico, began the restoration work.This with the help of many volunteers, the "Amici di San Pietro" is still going on.
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