Abbayes et epées dans le rocher. Abbeys and swords in the stone.

Tra abbazie e spade nella roccia.

http://video.paesionline.it/tra_abbazie_e_spade_nella_roccia/video/1205

Tout le monde aime la Toscane qui est une région très riche de tout point de vue: naturel, gastronomique, historique, artistique et des villages.
C’est en Tocane qui se trouve cette fameuse et fascinante abbaye, connue comme l’Abbaye à ciel ouvert. En regardant la vidéo vous comprendrez pourquoi.
L’Abbaye de San Galgano, immergée dans la nature toscane à quelques km de la ville de Sienne, est un lieu absolument à visiter entouré d’un aura de mystère.  C’est ici que vous pourrez admirer l’epée dans le rocher, en version Italienne, exactement celle qui vous rappelle Roi Arthur.

Everybody loves the Tuscany region which is very rich form every point of view: nature, culinary, historical, artistic and for the beautiful villages. It is in this region that you’ll find a famous and fascinating abbey, known as the Roofless Abbey, and you’ll understand why by watching this video. The Abbey of San Galgano, in the Tuscan nature at a few miles from Siena, is absolutely a mysterious site to visit, where you will be able to admire the sword in the stone, Italian version, exactly the one which reminds the King Arthur.

Tutti amano la Toscana, una regione ricchissima sotto tutti i punti di vista: naturale, gastronomico, storico e artistico e dei borghi.

Ed è proprio in Toscana che si trova questa famosa e affascinante abbazia, nota come l’abbazia a cielo aperto. Guardando il video capirete cosa le ha fatto valere quest’appellativo!
L’abbazia di San Galgano, immersa nella natura toscana a pochi chilometri di distanza dalla città di Siena, è un luogo assolutamente da vedere e circondato da un’aura di mistero.
E qui potete ammirare anche la spada nella roccia in versione italiana. Sì, proprio quella che vi fa pensare a Re Artù!

 

From http://www.sangalgano.org/ENG/abbeyofsangalgano.htm

Did King Arthur Come From Italy?

A mysterious “sword in the stone” said to have been thrust into a rock near Siena by a medieval knight proves that the legend of King Arthur, Excalibur and the Holy Grail originated in Tuscany, not Cornwall or Brittany, an Italian scholar claims.

The sword, of which only the hilt and an inch or two of blade is visible, is preserved at the Gothic abbey of San Galgano at Montesiepi, about 19 miles (30 km) southwest of Siena. The Cistercian abbey, now ruined, was built to honor St Galgano, a 12th-century Tuscan nobleman named Galgano Guidotti who renounced a life of “arrogance, lust and violence” to become a hermit after seeing a vision of the Archangel Michael.

To symbolize his rejection of war, he supposedly plunged his sword into the rock, which miraculously “parted like butter”, leaving only the hilt exposed to form the shape of the Cross.

It has been assumed that the Tuscan “sword in the stone” is a fake, made to echo the Celtic legend of King Arthur as told by Geoffrey of Monmouth and Chretien de Troyes and by Thomas Malory in his celebrated 15th-century Le Morte D’Arthur.

But a study by the medieval historian Mario Moiraghi suggests that the story of St Galgano and his sword was the origin of the myth of King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table, embellished by medieval troubadours as it spread from Tuscany.

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