Walking up to the entrance of Monte Cassino
Abbot General Mauro and crew
Brother Salvador, from Poblet in Spain
The courtyard at the bottom of the stairs
The church. The date on the church is 1949; this is the rebuilt church after the American bombing in World War II.
Brother Anthony and Brother John should never complain about lighting candles again; check out that taper!
The tomb of Benedict and Scholastica, under the high altar.
Doors dating from the time of Benedict; the door on the right was restored after WWII.
Walking into the crypt of the monastery.
Modern frescoes painted in the crypt.
One of the few sections of the monastery left unscatched by the bombing.
Sr. Maria-Johannah, on the left, is from Munich but lives in Bolivia; Sr. Elianda is from Brazil.
The Monte Cassino refectory. It's huge.
One last look at the monastery.
Casamari- one of the oldest Cistercian monasteries in Italy, constructed during the lifetime of St. Bernard.
Brother Ambrose, it appears that you've got some competition as "Caretaker of the Greatest Cistercian Courtyard in the World."
Abbot Anselmo gave us a tour of the place.
The Casamari refectory.
If you look closely, the stones are a bit crooked...I suppose the saying "God writes straight along crooked lines" would be appropriate here...
Casamari chapter room, where the Abbot holds meetings with the community.
Try and top that staircase, Brothers Philip and Stephen...
The sound didn't come out too well on this video, but the Abbot was talking about St. Bernard's addition of "O clemens, o pia, o dulcis" to the Salve Regina.