There’s only one month to go until the beginning of our recording session, that will take place in the beautiful abbey of Badia Cavana, close to Parma, Italy. For those who would like to discover this wonderful place, here are some photos.
The Abbey of San Basilde is located in Lesignano de’ Bagni, a small town in a hilly area, not far from the city of Parma. The road that reaches the abbey, called the Pass of Lagastrello, has been historically important in travel between Parma and Tuscany, particularly by pilgrims, merchants and artisans who lodged at Benedictine monasteries. The basilica was founded by San Bernardo degli Uberti, a Vallombrosan monk and Bishop of Parma from 1109, who moved the monastic community to the isolated hill of Badia Cavana. As is the case for many Romanesque sites, there is little documentation about its production, leaving us without a precise chronology of construction, though it is mentioned in one document as early as 1115. An additional document mentions damage from an earthquake in 1117, which required at least some reconstruction, adding a narthex to the façade, which was not part of the original structure.