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There is also a “Medieval Museum” housed in a building which was originally a guesthouse that offered lodgings to visitors and pilgrims.  It was in a small room on the second floor of this edifice, that Saint Thomas Aquinas died on the 9th March 1274. He had fallen ill whilst on a voyage from Naples to attend a papal council in Lyons. This chamber was later made into a small chapel dedicated to his memory and is decorated with an 18th century relief depicting  the saint's death.

Sadly the monastery began to fall  into decline from the 14th / 15th centuries. During the Napoleonic occupation, the entire monastery was confiscated and transformed into a rural village, however it was purchased  by Pope Leon XII who bequeathed it to monks of the Carthusian order of Trisult near Collepardo.   

Closeby is the Refectory, a large rectangular hall with a pulpit for the reading of the bible whilst the monks consumed  their meagre meals.  This has now been converted into a chapel.  Other areas of interest are the Sacristry, the Chapter House, the Calefactorium, the Kitchens and the Dormitory.

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