Abbey of Santa Lucia

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The Abbey of Santa Lucia is a medieval abbey in the comune of Rocca di Cambio, Abruzzo, central Italy, built in Gothic-Romanesque style and dating to the 11th-12th centuries.

Abbey of Santa Lucia


The abbey is mentioned for the first time in an inventory of the diocese of L'Aquila in 1313. However, it was likely built during the 11th-12th century, in a time where numerous monasteries were being built in Abruzzo. It was located in a plateau crossed by the Via Claudia Nova, between the ancient cities of Alba Fucens and Aveia, near the modern comune of Fossa.

An earthquake in 1703 destroyed most of the monastic complex and the surrounding borough, and forced much of the inhabitants to move to what is now Rocca di Cambio and the localities of Terranera e Fonteavignone.


The sober façade of the church has a Romanesque portal from the 15th century and a small rose window.

The edifice is on the Latin cross plan, with a nave and two aisles of nearly the same length, ending in a large presbytery without an apse. In the right wall of the transept is a 15th-century ciborium, with columns and capitals in Gothic-Renaissance style, while the left wall houses a fresco of the Last Supper, episodes of Jesus' life and lives of Saints. They date from Among the various figures portrayed in them, one has been identified as the future pope Celestine V.

Other frescoes, dating to the 14th and the early 15th century, are housed in the crypt..


  • Santa Lucia: testimonianza d’arte e sacralità dal 1178 ai giorni nostri. Pro Loco di Rocca di Cambio.

Coordinates: 42°14′34″N 13°29′39″E / 42.242858°N 13.494181°E / 42.242858; 13.494181