The Tomb



The holy sepulcher of St. Benedict and St. Scholastica can be found inside the reconstructed cathedral of Montecassino. A 17th century painting on copper by the artist Giuseppe Cesari , portraying the two Saints resting marks the tomb behind the High Altar. Above the copper painting is a black marble scroll with an inscription in Latin by the abbot Angelo della Noce saying: St. Benedict and St. Scholastica were never separated in spirit during their life nor are their bodies separated in their death. Within the grave underneath the high altar, an engraved marble cover on top of the urn bears an inscription from 1955, after the reconstruction of Montecassino, and includes the name of the abbot Ildefonso Rea who oversaw the building project as well as the survey of the remains inside. Inside the intricately decorated bronze urn there are silver containers holding the bones of both Saints. Above the copper painting of the Saints and the black marble scroll is a delicate portrait of Our Lady, an 18th century painting attributed to Giovanni Sarnelli. It situated among ornate candle holders and on top of the intricately carved marble altar.



Until March 20, 2018 within the photography exposition showing Montecassino before and after the bombing, the alabaster urn can be seen, which has kept the holy remains of  saint Benedict and saint Scholastica from the 1659 survey until the rebuilding. X

To visit the old area of the Abbey and s.Benedict's Cell please check the 'Your Visit' section on this websiteX


17 Dec 2017
09:00AM - 09:45AM
9.00 Holy Mass
17 Dec 2017
10:30AM - 11:30AM
10:30 Mass in Gregorian Chants
17 Dec 2017
12:00PM - 12:45PM
12.00 Holy Mass