The Abbey Of Montecassino
The Abbey of Montecassino is one of the Abbeys known in the world. In 529 St. Benedict chose this mountain to build a monastery that would house him and those monks who followed him from Subiaco. Paganism was still present, but he was able to turn this place into a well-structured Christian monastery where everyone could have the dignity it deserved, through prayer and work. "Ora et Labora et Lege": this is the motto of the Benedictine Rule that the monks still follow in their daily routine: some studying in the library surrounded by antique books, or do research in the archive of wonderful manuscripts, others welcome guests They come in search of a moment of inner peace and serenity. And if you are visiting the Abbey, you might meet some of them taking a walk in the cloisters before returning to their cells to pray in solitude, or to meet later for common prayer. Every day thousands of pilgrims and visitors from around the world crossing this threshold. They cross the cloisters silently and then go up the grand staircase to the Basilica, to the tomb of St. Benedict and St. Scholastica. Then there is the crypt, below, to explore with the beautiful golden mosaics. But it is in the museum at the end visitors can see beautiful paintings, beautiful manuscripts and old books; They can trace the history of the Abbey from the beginning to today and see why Montecassino is known as the "Lighthouse of Western Civilization".