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Quiet and peaceful San Damiano Convent is where it all began Watch

Image of Located in the beautiful Umbrian countryside just outside Assisi, San Damiano is simple and understated a welcome contrast from the large, crowded memorials to St. Francis in town.

San Damiano Convent is the birthplace of all holy sites in Assisi. It is the holy ground where St. Francis first received his miraculous ... continue reading


Founded by Charlemagne, Sant'Antimo Abbey is a must see for Tuscany tourists Watch

Image of The south portal, framed with reliefs of foliage, geometrical designs and mythological animals, dates from the 10th century. The church is entered through the west portal, with decorations and lion statues of the 12th century.

The gorgeous Sant'Antimo Abbey is a must-see for anyone visiting Tuscany in Italy. Located not far from Siena, the abbey church is an ... continue reading



Visit the Faithful Monks of Casamari Abbey Watch

Image of The courtyard of Casamari Abbey

The Abbey of Casamari (Abbazia di Casamari) is a 13th-century active Cistercian monastery southeast of Rome, in the Italian region of ... continue reading


Abbey of Fossanova seen as magnificent example of Cistercian architecture

Image of The southeast corner leads behind the church to the Chapel of St. Thomas, which incorporates the hostel where St. Thomas Aquinas stayed and died in 1274.

The Abbey of Fossanova is a Cistercian abbey with a beautiful church and peaceful cloisters. Considered a magnificent example of ... continue reading


Marienberg is world's highest abbey at 4,400 feet

Image of Marienberg is Europe's highest abbey at 4,400 ft and was built in the Baroque style with some Romanesque elements, and has some well-preserved frescoes.

Marienberg Abbey, also known as Abbazia Monte Maria and Kloster Marienberg is a Benedictine abbey in Italy in the South Tyrol region. ... continue reading


Rebuilt after WW II, Montecassino Monastery remains a testament to St. Benedict Watch

Image of The basilica, richly decorated in stucco and mosaics, enshrines the relics of St. Benedict and his sister, St. Scholastica, which survived the bombings in World War II.

Founded by St. Benedict in 529 AD, Montecassino Monastery has had a long and troubled history, suffering from repeated attacks, pillaging ... continue reading



The Monastery of St. Benedict encourages visitors to pray at Benedict's cave Watch

Image of In this cave St. Benedict used to instruct shepherds of the neighborhood in the truths of the faith.

Surrounded by bountiful natural beauty, the Monastery of St. Benedict in Subiaco in Italy enshrines the cave in which St. Benedict lived ... continue reading


San Galgano Abbey remains amazingly intact today Watch

Image of The detached rectangular cemetery chapel, highly picturesque among fields on the north side, dates from the 13th century.

The Abbey of San Galgano was founded by Cistercian monks from Casamari Abbey in the 13th century. Dedicated to St. Galganus, the abbey ... continue reading


Santa Chiara in Naples survived Allied bombing to greet visitors in modern day Watch

Image of Among the several notable Angevin tombs in the church, there is the one for Robert the Wise by Florentine artists Giovanni and Pacio Bertini; Charles, Duke of Calabria, the son of Robert the Wise by Tino da Camaino; and Mary of Calabria the youngest daughter of Charles.

Santa Chiara, one of the largest and most important churches in Naples, Italy was founded in 1310 by Robert the Wise. The church interior ... continue reading


Graceful archways prominent feature of Convento do Carmo Watch

Image of The Carmo Convent was initially inhabited by Carmelites from Moura, which entered the convent in 1392. In 1404, the pious Álvares Pereira donated his wealth to the convent and, in 1423, he also became a brother of the convent.

Once Lisbon's greatest convent, the Convento do Carmo was severely damaged in Portugal's 1755 earthquake. Open-air summer orchestral ... continue reading


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