A historical place immersed in the heart of the province of Rieti; a Franciscan convent where the Saint Francis passed in meditation in search of harmony. The sanctuary and the Franciscan monastery of Poggio Bustone were built precisely in the places that hosted St. Francis of Assisi: the Convent is a church of the fifteenth century composed of a cloister, a refectory and decorated with several frescoes.
To complete what is called the Way of St. Benedict there is also a sanctuary still inhabited by religious. A wonderful complex immersed in nature, in the silence of the mountains of the Valle Santa A peaceful place that helps to reach a mystical spiritual dimension.
A mystical place in the province of Rieti
The context of the Valle Santa is one of the most mystical landscapes of the entire Franciscan way. St. Francis chose these places for a long meditation: the sanctuary of Poggio Bustone is one of the four Franciscan sanctuaries that are at the base of the journey of St. Francis in the Holy Valley. The other three are the convent of Greccio, the Sanctuary of the Forest, the Sanctuary of Fonte Colombo.
It was 1208 when Saint Francis arrived at Poggio Bustone, a few kilometers from Rieti, with some of his prayer companions after having crossed Leonessa and Cascia. The saint was looking for a quiet place to lock himself in prayer and gather in meditation: he chose the heights above the village of Poggio Bustone, where the construction of the sanctuary began in 1200.
Visit the Sanctuary of Poggio Bustone
In 1200 the convent and church were built in the cloister: buildings that over the years have undergone various other interventions and are still visible today. In the following two centuries, for example, the convent was enlarged and another church was added to the existing church.
In the modern era, in the twentieth century, the Tempietto della Pace was built in the place where Saint Francis had stopped and created the first Franciscan community. Also the church has undergone renovations in the twentieth century; visiting it today means admiring several historical artifacts such as a wooden tablet from the fourteenth century depicting the Madonna of Graces with the Child and St. Joseph, various frescoes including one of the seventeenth century with a view of Poggio Bustone reproduced during the passage of St. Francis.
In the Convent you can instead admire the cloister with a thirteenth-century portico still belonging to the original building; the refectory of the Pilgrims where there are two frescoes of the seventeenth century depicting the Last Supper and the Immaculate Virgin with Saint Francis and Saint Clare. Many places of great artistic and historical interest that worth to be visited.