Monte Cassino Monastery Emerges From the Ashes of WWII

May 23, 2019 1389

BY: Jerry Finzi

Monte Cassino, in the province of Lazio, is located 81 miles South of Rome within the ancient town of Casinum, but it is best known for its historic Benedictine Abbey that was a focal point for one the most bloody WWII battles. It was St. Benedict of Nursia who established the first Benedictine monastery around 529.

After months of battle and tremendous a loss of life in 1944, the Abbey suffered severe damage as a result of bombardment by the Allied Forces. After decades of extensive restoration, this architectural wonder and historic landmark once again attracts tourists and pilgrims from all over the world. The site has been visited many times by Popes and other senior clergy, including Pope Benedict XVI in May 2009.

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