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Abbazia di S. Igne

Sant’Igne is a Franciscan monastery.
Following the Franciscan Rule, the monastery stands outside the medieval city walls, along one of the main access roads to the city. Located in an isolated place, only the most motivated visitors discover this masterpiece of medieval religious architecture. Santegna was the original place name and not Sant’Igne, which means sacred fire (from Latin ignis, fire). The legend, widespread in the area as early as the XVI century, has it that right here a figure in a bright light appeared to Saint Francis, showing him the way to go. The monastery was built around 1223 on an old chapel built by Cistercian monks.