is the most imposing and most monumental part of the Abbey. The
frontage, massive, is 41 meters height. The base is 26
meters height and supports the structure of the church.
On September 24, 2005,
the statue of Saint Michael Archange realized by the artist Paul De
Doss-Moroder was placed close to the slope of the external staircases.
monumental complex is characterized by a particular geometrical
combination and effects of colors between the straight lines of gray iron
embasement and the curved lines of the church, with its
central apse and its gallery.
Benedictines monks began work for the realization of embasement in
first half of XIIth century, to build there, above, the large church
made up of five apses.
The porch of entry presents two animals to us, being held by the tail. (telluric energy going up in volutes?)
On the other
side, beautiful dischargers, sign that energies can escape without
accumulating(It would be dangerous for the building…)
The gallery of the arcades
In top, this gallery counts among the most exceptional apsidal galleries of Roman art in Italy. It is located at the highest site.
crown of arcades (called Italian viretti) rests on 16 posts,
enriched by capitals, all differents in their ornamentation. The cornice
dominates the threshold of access for 41 meters.