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Badia Cavana (San Basilide Abbey)

San Michele Cavana - Lesignano de' Bagni - PR - 43037
Phone: +39 0521350103 (Badia Cavana parish church) - +39 3386310900 – +39 3384336671 - +39 3287375189 (Melusine associazione culturale)

open from March to September with guided tours on the wekekend: from March to June and in September from 3pm to 6pm (last guided tour at 5pm); on Sunday from 10am to 1pm (last guided tour at 12pm) and from 3pm to 6pm (last guided tour at 5pm). In July and August only on Sunday: from 10am to 1pm (last guided tour at 12pm) and from 4pm to 7pm; (last guided tour at 6pm).
In other days and from October to February open only by reservation for groups by payment.
Service on Sunday at 9am.


free entrance


situated a few kilometres from Lesignano de' Bagni, once the Church of S. Baslilide, it was founded on a green hill around the year 1111 by San Bernardo degli Uberti, the Bishop of Parma.
The narthex remains from the original design, which can be traced back to the start of  the 12th century, where the presence of the noteworthy sandstone capitals, with symbols of the evangelists and intertwining fauna, stand out.  Even the cloisters, that preserved their original design, go back to the 12th century. 
Tradition states that the crypt contains the remains of S. Basilide. The simplicity of the Romanesque style and the bareness of the sandstone, together with the beauty of the surrounding landscape, make this sacred place particularly impressive.  La Badia is today dedicated to Saint Michael.

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