Si Trova: nel territorio del comune di Gratteri, sulle Madonie
Lat: 37° 57' 10.79640" N - Long: 13° 57' 49.76233" E
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There are few remains of this ancient abbey.
They tell us about devotion of Norman warriors towards St George.
They believed he fight with them in battle.
Here there have been Augustinians monks, probably coming from Amiens, in France, and it's their only settlement in Sicily.
The decline began soon, since 1223.
In 1305 the friars were expelled.
In 1645 it was definitively abandoned, but in the nineteenth century the church was mentioned as still open, belonging to the order of the Knights of Malta.
Decayed, it was used as a stable.
At the moment it remains, surrounded by a beautiful wood of ancient oaks, some decoration and the external walls of the church, with a beautiful portal and part of the apse.
The convent must have been in the north, and there must have been a cloister next to the church.
Now the site is owned by the municipality of Gratteri, which has restored it.
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