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By Philip_H
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,

Tags: Children Architecture Italy Teachers Nun Innocence Cloister Benedictine Portraits and people Monte cassino abbey White doves Doves of peace St Benedict

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15 Jul 2012 4:50PM
nice click...........Grin

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mrswoolybill Plus
9 986 1500 United Kingdom
15 Jul 2012 5:29PM
This is so very beautiful. A gentle image.
HELANA 6 United Kingdom
15 Jul 2012 8:22PM
It looks like all the children are listening.I wonder if the nun is with them.Well observed.
pamelajean Plus
10 969 1832 United Kingdom
16 Jul 2012 7:07PM
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.
bornav 4 India
18 Jul 2012 11:57AM
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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