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From the Ashes of War

By Philip_H
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'.

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Tags: Church Dome Arches Architecture Italy Monte cassino abbey Benedictine Order

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evelen 16 5 England
17 Sep 2012 2:00PM
great shot love the angle of the photo.
nonur 12 18 13 Turkey
17 Sep 2012 2:21PM
Good shot!
NDODS 11 5.2k 127 United Kingdom
17 Sep 2012 2:29PM
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
CarolG 14 199 20 Greece
17 Sep 2012 2:46PM
A glorious piece of architecture, Philip, and very well captured. Carol
Fefe Plus
9 57 37 United Kingdom
17 Sep 2012 2:47PM
Great! So much detailGrin
Herge88 14 40 6 England
17 Sep 2012 2:52PM
Some great details in this.

Best Matt
Jasper87 Plus
11 2.8k 158 England
17 Sep 2012 3:46PM
And gloriously re-built it was too...

carper123 Plus
9 1.3k 8 United Kingdom
17 Sep 2012 5:43PM
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.
taggart Plus
17 47 14 United States
17 Sep 2012 5:57PM
Beautiful work, Philip!
jdinne 18 16 England
17 Sep 2012 7:35PM
Greatly composed Philip, love the light and superb detail. Wonderful narrative too.
pamelajean Plus
15 1.6k 2237 United Kingdom
17 Sep 2012 8:22PM
So richly decorated, Philip, and a perfect angle to include so much of its detail.
17 Sep 2012 8:27PM
A beautiful piece of architecture
HELANA 11 United Kingdom
17 Sep 2012 9:36PM
Very nice, good composition,lovely color and grate story.
PaulMillar 10 83 2 Scotland
17 Sep 2012 11:50PM
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.

CaroleS Plus
11 442 3 United Kingdom
18 Sep 2012 7:50AM
Terrific architecture, well captured.
EAS 12 1 13 Scotland
18 Sep 2012 9:55AM
Well composed and captured image. Two of my Uncles fought at Monte Casino, so found your info especially inateresting.

NeilWigan Plus
11 17 16 England
18 Sep 2012 11:26PM
Great write up and picture ,incredible skills and artistry on show.
troosers 9 2 Scotland
23 Sep 2012 3:15AM
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
parallax 12 204 United Kingdom
24 Sep 2012 10:40PM
Great capture. Really makes me want to go there with camera.
26 Sep 2012 11:20PM
Great capture. Love it with loads of interesting detail. Elaine

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