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Monte Cassino abbey, Italy.

During the Battle of Monte Cassino (January - May 1944) the Abbey made up one section of the 100 mile Gustav line, which was a defensive German line designed to hold the Allied attackers from advancing any further into Italy during World War Two. It stretched from coast to coast and the monastery was one of the key strongholds overlooking highway 6 and blocking the path to Rome. On February 15, 1944 the abbey was almost completely destroyed in a series of heavy American led air-raids. Although it has been argued that the Abbey was being used as a refuge from the battle by the women and children and was occupied by German troops only after the bombing, many reports from troops on the ground suggest that in fact Germans were occupying the monastery, and it was considered a key observational post by all those who were fighting in the field. The bombing served only to aid the Germans, as it reduced the monastery to a pile of ruins which provided excellent defensive cover. The Germans held the position until withdrawing on May 17, 1944, having repulsed four main offensives by the New Zealanders, British Indian regiment and Polish troops. Allied forces broke the line between 11 and 17 May and were finally able to take command of the ruins on May 18. The Abbey was rebuilt after the war; Pope Paul VI reconsecrated it in 1964.

Thanks for all the C&Cs on 'Fountain-head'.

Best wishes,
Philip

Brand:Panasonic
Camera:Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ7
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Date Taken:26 Jun 2012 - 9:15 AM
Focal Length:4.1mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/3.3
Aperture:f/3.3
Shutter Speed:1/8sec
Exposure Comp:0.0
ISO:800
Exposure Mode:Program AE
Metering Mode:Multi-segment
Flash:Auto, Fired, Red-eye reduction
White Balance:Auto
Title:From the Ashes of War
Username:Philip_H Philip_H
Uploaded:17 Sep 2012 - 1:50 PM
Tags:Arches, Architecture, Benedictine Order, Church, Dome, Italy, Monte cassino abbey
Votes:33

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evelen
evelen  9 England
17 Sep 2012 - 2:00 PM

great shot love the angle of the photo.
eve.Smile

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nonur
nonur e2 Member 5nonur vcard Turkey8 Constructive Critique Points
17 Sep 2012 - 2:21 PM

Good shot!

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NDODS
NDODS e2 Member 32930 forum postsNDODS vcard United Kingdom99 Constructive Critique Points
17 Sep 2012 - 2:29 PM

Stunning, a superb high quality photograph which highlights every nook and cranny of this sumptuously, rich and vibrant religious structure. Expertly processed, and presented in such away that it complements the image perfectly.

A real pleasure view.

Regards Nathan

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CarolG
CarolG e2 Member 7128 forum postsCarolG vcard Greece16 Constructive Critique Points
17 Sep 2012 - 2:46 PM

A glorious piece of architecture, Philip, and very well captured. Carol

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Fefe
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17 Sep 2012 - 2:47 PM

Great! So much detailGrin
Diane

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Herge88
Herge88 e2 Member 739 forum postsHerge88 vcard England4 Constructive Critique Points
17 Sep 2012 - 2:52 PM

Some great details in this.

Best Matt

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WhiteRose1
WhiteRose1 e2 Member 41029 forum postsWhiteRose1 vcard England133 Constructive Critique Points
17 Sep 2012 - 3:46 PM

And gloriously re-built it was too...

Dave

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carper123
carper123 e2 Member 279 forum postscarper123 vcard United Kingdom6 Constructive Critique Points
17 Sep 2012 - 5:43 PM

Fantastic image, Philip, wonderful piece of architecture and you have done it justice with this shot, superb detail and i like the pov.
Well done.
DSmileSmilearryl.

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taggart e2 Member 942 forum poststaggart vcard United States12 Constructive Critique Points
17 Sep 2012 - 5:57 PM

Beautiful work, Philip!

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jdinne  11 England
17 Sep 2012 - 7:35 PM

Greatly composed Philip, love the light and superb detail. Wonderful narrative too.

Last Modified By jdinne at 17 Sep 2012 - 7:35 PM

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17 Sep 2012 - 8:22 PM

So richly decorated, Philip, and a perfect angle to include so much of its detail.

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ChristineD
ChristineD e2 Member 8ChristineD vcard England
17 Sep 2012 - 8:27 PM

A beautiful piece of architecture

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HELANA
HELANA e2 Member 4HELANA vcard United Kingdom
17 Sep 2012 - 9:36 PM

Very nice, good composition,lovely color and grate story.
Elena

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Skeet1Away
17 Sep 2012 - 11:50 PM

I think it is always hard to capture the true colour of an indoor area, I think you have done a very nice job here to capture such rich architecture and lovely colour.


Paul.

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CaroleS
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18 Sep 2012 - 7:50 AM

Terrific architecture, well captured.
Carole

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EAS e2 Member 5EAS vcard Scotland13 Constructive Critique Points
18 Sep 2012 - 9:55 AM

Well composed and captured image. Two of my Uncles fought at Monte Casino, so found your info especially inateresting.

Ann

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NeilWigan e2 Member 4NeilWigan vcard England15 Constructive Critique Points
18 Sep 2012 - 11:26 PM

Great write up and picture ,incredible skills and artistry on show.

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troosers
troosers  2 Scotland
23 Sep 2012 - 3:15 AM

Wow it must have been breath taking to see it for real, for looking at it in your picture you can spend ages looking and finding different things. great image and a very interesting naritive Thanks.

Regards Donald. Smile

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24 Sep 2012 - 10:40 PM

Great capture. Really makes me want to go there with camera.

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elainebaker
26 Sep 2012 - 11:20 PM

Great capture. Love it with loads of interesting detail. Elaine

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