St. Benedict's mortal remains, and those of his sister Scolastica, rest beneath the High Altar.The MONTECASSINO Monastery, was originally founded by St. Benedict about 529 of the Christian Era on the remnants of a preexisting Roman fortification of the municipium Casinum.more
The Abbey shuts at lunchtime.We have been caught out before. The opening hours are:08.30 to 12.30and 15.30 to 17.00 or 18.00.We have visited the Abbey during the Winter Months and found that the Museum was closed during this period, although it is open on Sundays.The advantage is that at this time of year there are no hoards of crowds and you can...more
The battles for Monte Cassino started in 1944. The Germans held the Gustav Line which was effectively 3 valleys. The assault on Monte Cassino cost the lives of 54000 allies and 20000 germans. Eventually, a patrol of Free Poles from the 12th Podolian Uhlans entered what was left of the monastery after blanket bombing by the US Airforce.There are...more
The Abbey of Monte Cassino was founded by St. Benedict around 529 A.D. It was damaged many times, the last time during the II world war in 1944 when it was the place of the battle. It happened that the monastery was on the Gustav line.After 1945 the reconstruction works started and in 1964 the Pope Paolo VI made the Basilica the Abbey.It is really...more
The cemetery was built by Polish soldiers whose friends died during the battle of Monte Cassino in 1944. There are over 1000 graves, in the center of the cemetery there is a grave of general Wladyslaw Anders who died in 1970 and asked to be placed together with his soldiers.more
The huge courtyard can sometimes be crowded depending upon how many tour buses have arrived. Standing in the middle lets you get a feeling for the size of the Abbey and as you look over the side of the courtyard you observe the sheer drop to the valley and town below. It is now you realise the work the monks did over 1000 years ago to estabilish...more
The best way to get to Monte Cassino is to do it by car. From Rome take highway A1 towards Napoli and after about 100km you will see exit Cassino. It takes about 1.5 hour if there is no traffic. Avoid to take a highway late in the evening on Sundays and Saturdays (around 6-8pm) because Romans are coming back form weekend trips at this time and there can be a traffic.
For detaild map how to get there form any place in Italy see www.tuttocitta.it
It's good to remember that the monastery is open form 8.30am till 12.30pm and later in the evening it reopens from 3.30 pm till 6.30 pm
When I got there with my friends we did not have luck and the monastery was closed, but during these 2 hours we went to see the Polish cemetery.
As long as this is a monastery remember to wear proper clothes, mini skirts and shorts are not allowed. Girls need to cover their shoulders.
Favorite thing: Today, Montecassino is a working monastery and continues to be a pilgrimage site by virtue of the suriviving relics of St. Benedict and St. Scholastica. It is also a popular tourist destination for its historical importance and its attractive buildings.