Abbey of Santa Maria Nascente
The Monastero Morimondo, the name of which means “die to the world”, that is, “live in the resurrection”, was founded in 1134 in Coronate, a locality that still exists today about a kilometre from the abbey, by monks who arrived from the Cistercian monastery Morimond in France. In 1136 they moved to the locality “Campo Falcherio”, where the monstery is today. In a short time the monastery assumed great importance and received numerous vocations from all walks of life; before the church was even built, the Morimondo monks founded another two congregations: in 1153 Acquafredda (Como) and in 1169 Casalvolone (Novara). One indication of the abundance of vocations is the thriving scriptorium. The abbey of Morimondo, initially built from wood, is now a grandiose elegant structure made of clay bricks produced in the kilns which the monks themselves built for the construction of the monastery. In an area where there were no stone quarries there was no alternative but to use clay. It was plentiful, easy to work, and in keeping with the vows of poverty of the Order. The monastery was built in the typical Cistercian style, with neat geometric lines which are particularly evident in the rectangular shape of the apse, the distribution of nave and aisles, the Latin cross floorplan and the presence of two chapels per arm in the transept.p.zza San Bernardo, 1 - MorimondoLa domenica pomeriggio sono organizzate visite guidate per singoli visitatori o piccoli gruppi che non richiedono prenotazione •nel periodo invernale la prima visita guidata parte alle ore 14.30 e l'ultima alle ore 16.00 •nel periodo estivo la prima visita guidata parte alle ore 15.00 e l'ultima alle ore 17.30 Una visita guidata senza necessità di prenotazione è programmata anche il sabato pomeriggio con inizio alle ore 15.00. Le visite guidate consentono di visitare tutto il complesso monastico (chiostro, sala capitolare, sale di lavoro dei monaci, cantine, loggiato, refettorio, dormitorio) e durano circa un'ora.