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Santuario del Sacro Speco - Monastero di San Benedetto

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Santuario del Sacro Speco - Monastero di San Benedetto

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John F wrote a review Mar 2020
Shoreline, Washington175 contributions70 helpful votes
For two Benedictine oblates who are also Episcopal priests, this was a deeply moving experience. As a very small group of family and friends, we were granted an extremely generous tour of the Sacro Speco by Dom Maurizio who could not have been more charming and informative. The site is truly amazing and really could not be built today. The frescoes alone are priceless world treasures. That this birthplace of Western monasticism has been kept in such remarkable condition is testimony to the love and work and prayer of the monks. This was truly the highlight of our visit to Italy and we would love to return one day!
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Date of experience: March 2020
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teemutmantsinen wrote a review Jan 2020
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Wonderful site to visit. The chapel, monastery, nature, all well worth to experience. A winding road up there but it pays back instantly.
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Date of experience: June 2019
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Pl V wrote a review Jan 2020
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We were able to drive up with a family member but so much mountains greenery speechless beautiful. Then turn around and the Sanctuary a beautiful building built in the mountain Not being able to envision how they built this beautiful building so many years ago! When you enter it’s just very peaceful and feel spiritual; it gave me chills. I felt more spirituality here than feeling anything at the Vatican. At the end of San Benedetto there’s a quaint gift shop.
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Date of experience: October 2019
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Nino A. N wrote a review Aug 2019
New York City, New York49 contributions25 helpful votes
A must see if you are catholic and have a spare day in your Rome’s visit. If you are devout to Saint Francis here you can see a lifesize portrait of Saint Francis before he became a saint.
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Date of experience: August 2019
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tmacquiban wrote a review Jun 2019
Rome, Italy148 contributions45 helpful votes
The journey up to the abbey complex was well worth the haul up a cool shaded path to enter the sacred space, hallowed to the memory of Benedict when he sought solitude in his cave. The 14th and 15th century frescoes in the church and chapels carved out of the hillside commemorating the saint and his many followers and admirers are a must for all art and architectural historians and cultural vultures. And amazingly no groups or coaches up there so a quiet reverential atmosphere not found in Rome and elsewhere. Only one monk in evidence as one of the community had died two days earlier so the bookshop and Santa Scholastica were both closed. Must return another day!!
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Date of experience: June 2019
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