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Abbey of Monte Oliveto Maggiore

monte-olivetoThe Abbey of Monte Oliveto Maggiore is a Benedictine Monastery founded in 1313 and is situated inside a forest with beautiful scenery and vistas shining through the trees. The monks in residence at the Abbey are devotees of the Virgin Mary. White habits worn by the monks symbolize the purity of Mary and their allegiance to her.

The Abbey has a large library where the monks carefully restore pamphlets and parchments mostly for the Vatican library in Rome. The monks also work in other areas besides restoration of documents. They produce wine, honey and distilled herbs made from ancient recipes that remained unchanged to this day.

The Great Cloister of the Abbey has a famous fresco series containing 36 scenes about the life of St. Benedictine. The Abbey also contains numerous other master works of sacred art that are considered world treasures. Gregorian chant may be heard at the Abbey during designated times, evoking memories of the early Church.


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