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Missionari del Preziosissimo Sangue
Diocletianic Persecution
Abbazia di San Felice
Giano dell'Umbria
Umbrien
Perugia
Umbria
Italy
Missionaries of the Precious Blood


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Giano dell'Umbria - Abbazia di San Felice

Giano dell'Umbria - Abbazia di San Felice
A legend tells, that where the abbey is, about 2 kms north of Giano dell'Umbria, Saint Felix (= San Felice), first bishop of Massa, had a small oratory built in the early 4th century. After he became a martyr during the Diocletianic Persecution, his followers buried the saint here. Probably already during the 8th century a convent existed around the tomb.

The church dates to the 12th century, erected when this was a Benedictinian abbey. Today the abbey is used by the "Missionari del Preziosissimo Sangue" ("Missionaries of the Precious Blood"). This society was founded here by Saint Gaspar del Bufalo in 1815.

The sober interior of the abbey church is typical for a 12th century church in Umbria. Steep steps lead up to the risen choir, while the aisles end in stairs, that run down to the crypt.

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