The spiritual heart of Sulmona
Covering over 16,000 square metres and boasting over eight centuries of history, the Abbey of the Holy Spirit at Morrone, or Badia Morronese, in Sulmona has long been at the cultural and religious heart of the area. It was here that hermit Pietro Angelerio, founder of the Celestine order and future Pope Celestine V of the “great refusal”, founded his monastery.
It has undergone many alterations over the centuries. You can admire the 15th-century frescoes, 16th-century bell tower, imposing entrance door and 18th-century façade. The Caldora Chapel’s fresco cycle is particularly impressive. You can stroll around the five courtyards surrounding the complex, shaded by sycamores.
After monastic orders were suppressed in the early 19th century, the Abbey became a boarding school, hospice and detention house. Today, it hosts offices, exhibition events, conferences and concerts.