San Giovanni in Venere Abbey
The Abbey of San Giovanni in Venere is a monastery compound in the comune of Fossacesia, in Abruzzo at central Italy. It is situated on a hill in front of the Adriatic Sea at 107 meter over the sea level.
It comprises a basilica and the monastery appropriate, both constructed in the before the time of 13th century on a pre-existing convent.
The indication to Venus obtains from the conventional existence of a shrine of the goddess in the site, which would have been constructed in 80 BC. Portus Veneris was the name of a Byzantine landing area at the mouth of the Sangro river.
Again according the custom, the starts of the monastery were linked to a small celeries (small recovery) for Benedictine monks, with a chapel, manufactured by one Martin around 540 AD by flattening the temple. Current mines have showed the existence of an early production and tombs dating from the 6th-7th centuries. The first document declaring Sancti Johannes in foce de fluvio Sangro dates from 829.