On Friday 28 Sept I had the opportunity to go see Cassino and its famous
abbey. Founded by St. Benedict in the 6th century C.E., the monastery
sits atop a small mountain overlooking the city of Cassino. I took this
picture with my telephoto lens from the city below.
The abbey was also the site a long battle in WWII. The abbey was almost
completely destroyed in 1944, but was entirely rebuilt right after the
war. Most of the portable valuables in the abbey were saved, and I can
attest that they were returned. The above is a monument to the Allied
bombardment that destroyed the abbey.
Inside the abbey, the courtyard of St. Benedict. The center statue is of
the famous founder of the order and the abbey.
The abbey was rebuilt allegedly to its exact medieval state. The
basilica was amazing. Here is just one small part of it - replete with
gold and ornament.
Among the many valuables held in the abbey is this original painting by
Botticelli. I was allowed to take pictures without a flash.
The main courtyard in the abbey. The stairs lead up towards the main
basilica, to the right is the garden.
On a nearby adjoining hill lies the Polish cemetary. About 12,000 Polish
soldiers fought at the battle of Monte Cassino and many of them died
here. The area is both a cemetery and monument. You can see the abbey on
I traveled to Cassino with Breaux Daniel and her godmother, Stella. Here
we are on the road up to the abbey, stopped for a panoramic photo