On St. Scholastica’s feast, a view from Subiaco

February 10, 2011 | Travel

When I was in Italy this past September, the final full day of the trip included a daylong visit to the Monastery of St. Benedict and the Monastery of St. Scholastica in Subiaco, just an hour’s bus ride from Rome. It was a beautiful day, filled with awesome sights and spiritual inspiration. So today, on the Feast of St. Scholastica, I thought I’d share some photos from the monastery that bears her name.

The entrance to the monastery, which is still a working monastery, is marked by the words that remain at the heart of the Benedictine mission: “Pax,” which means peace, and “Ora et Labora,” which means “work and pray,” part of the Rule that Benedictines live by.

The bell tower:
Inside the Gothic cloister:

Inside the Comatesque cloister:

A fresco of St. Benedict and St. Scholastica during their last visit, shortly before St. Scholastica died:

Outside view:

The start of an amazing meal served at the monastery:

In the gift shop. Jellies and grappa and limoncello, oh my:

One last look:


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