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Taken within the entrance cloister at Monte Cassino Abbey, Italy.

The Abbey on Monte Cassino was originally founded by Saint Benedict in 529, making it one of Europe's oldest monasteries. The abbey was built on remnants of Roman fortifications near the Temple of Apollo. Monte Cassino Abbey was destroyed by the Longobards around 577, rebuilt, and again destroyed in 833 by the Saracens. In the tenth century the monastery was again opened and was filled with beautiful manuscripts, mosaics, and works of enamel and gold. After being destroyed by an earthquake in 1349, it was reconstructed again with many additions.

During World War II the monastery became a refuge for civilians. On February 15, 1944, the monastery was bombed and largely destroyed, killing many civilians. The abbey was carefully reconstructed following the original plan and today it is hard to tell that it has been destroyed and rebuilt four times.

Thanks for all the C&Cs on my last upload.

Best wishes,
Philip

Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Date Taken:15 Jul 2012 - 8:47 AM

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udayannag
udayannag  2 India
15 Jul 2012 - 4:50 PM

nice click...........Grin
UDAYAN.........

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mrswoolybill Critique Team 7435 forum postsmrswoolybill vcard United Kingdom1022 Constructive Critique Points
15 Jul 2012 - 5:29 PM

This is so very beautiful. A gentle image.
Moira

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HELANA
HELANA e2 Member 4HELANA vcard United Kingdom
15 Jul 2012 - 8:22 PM

It looks like all the children are listening.I wonder if the nun is with them.Well observed.
Elena.

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pamelajean Critique Team 8769 forum postspamelajean vcard United Kingdom1598 Constructive Critique Points
16 Jul 2012 - 7:07 PM

You have captured a lovely moment, and part of me wishes it were just showing the nun and the doves, but the children in the background do seem to add reality to what might have been a very spiritual image.

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bornav
bornav  2 India
18 Jul 2012 - 11:57 AM

Nice photo comrade Phillip!
It'd have been nice, if you could just focus only on the nun feeding the birds (which itself forms a subject, in your image).

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