Fossanova Abbey, earlier Fossa Nuova, is a Cistercian monastery in Italy, in the province of Latina, near the railway-station of Priverno, about 100 kilometres (62 mi) south-east of Rome.
It is one of the finest examples of a Cistercian abbey, and of the Burgundian Early Gothic style, in Italy, and dates from around 1135. The frugal Gothic church (1187-1208) is cruciform and square-ended, closely similar to that of Casamari and also of the great church at Citeaux. The church is flanked on one side by the cloister, along with the refrectory and chapter house and on the other side by the cemetery. The nave at Fossanova dates from 1187 and the church was consecrated in 1208. The other conventual buildings also are noteworthy. The hospital, guesthouse, gardens, and buildings related to the farm are all scattered throughout the walled enclosure.
At Fossanova there are buttresses set against the walls but they are small and more like classical pilasters than any form of flying buttress.
En route to the Second Council of Lyon in 1274, the Dominican scholastic Thomas Aquinas died in the abbey on 7 March.
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This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domain: Chisholm, Hugh, ed. (1911). Encyclopædia Britannica (11th ed.). Cambridge University Press.
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Coordinates: 41°26′17″N 13°11′45″E / 41.4381°N 13.1958°E