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Reminders of St. Benedict

St. Benedict at his death - 27k

Original (pre W.W.II) statue of S. Benedict - 30k

     At the center of the entrance cloister (above) stands this beautiful bronze statue by the sculptor A. Selva.  The work is based on the description given by St. Gregory the Great, who wrote the biography of St. benedict's life.  He is standing, supported by monks after having received the Holy Communion.  This statue was a gift from the German Chancelor K. Adenauer in 1952.

      Amazingly, only a couple of things remained after the allied forced dropped 500 tons of bombs on the Abbey. (It is amazing that anything remained) The statue of St. Benedict (left) and the cell of St. Benedict (below) were the survivors.

     The statue on the left was done by sculptor P. Campi of Carrara in 1736.  It was virtually untouched during the bombings of 1944.

     The two frescoes below are from the cell of St. Benedict.  The cell also survived the war. (probably because of its subterranean construction)  The paintings are said to be depictions of  scenes that actually took place in the room where they were painted.  They are scenes from the life of St. Benedict. The lower left hand scene represents a vision St. Benedict had of his sisters soul, in the form of a dove, departing for heaven.  The scene below represents the resurrection of a monk.

fresco from the Benedict Cell - 21k Another fresco from the Benedict Cell - 19k

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Credit for the text in this tour:
The Abbey of Montecassino. Pubblicazioni Cassinesi / B.N. Marconi., Genova, 1998
 
 

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