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Made In Italy: Gregorian Chants In Rome Churches

Saturday, December 7th, 2013

No trip to Rome is totally complete without getting to watch the popular Gregorian chants being performed. Apart from the famous boutique hotels in Rome, Italy, the churches there are also definitely worth visiting. This is because the Gregorian chants are often performed in these churches. Gregorian chants are often performed during the liturgy in a mass and also in a monastic office during its canonical hours. Popular legends have ascribed the origin of Gregorian chants to the period of Pope Gregory 1590-1604. Here is a list of some of the most popular places where you can listen to some of the most beautiful Gregorian chants ever.

Gregorian chants in the churches of Rome(photo by: Paulo Amaral)

Sant’Antimo abbey

This abbey is about 10 km from Montalcino and approximately 9 km from the Via Francigena. This is one of the most beautiful Romanesque churches in Italy. It is open all day, but some parts of the church may not be accessible during certain hours.

Sant’Anselmo abbey

This beautiful 19th century church is located on the Aventine hill in Rome. It is quite popular to the locals because of the amazing performance of Gregorian chants by the monks there during the Sunday mass.

Abbey of Monte Oliveto Maggiore

This abbey is located just 36 km from Sienna, surrounded by the thick green forest which overlooks the Crete Senesi countryside. As in many other Benedictine monasteries, the monks at Monte Oliveto Maggiore normally perform Gregorian chants.


This abbey is located about 120 km southeast of Rome and 50 km southeast of Frosinone. Here, you will also get to listen to the monks performing amazing Gregorian chants during the day as well as during the night.

The pontifical institute of sacred music

This is an academic and scientific institution that focuses on the teaching of liturgical musical-subjects, promoting traditional sacred music. Here, you can enjoy all types of liturgical music among them, the beautiful Gregorian chants.

Standing the test of time, the Gregorian chants are still dominating music charts all round the globe despite the vast evolution of music. They are considered as tranquilising music, inspiring complete serenity and timeless calm.


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