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Location address: Italia, Frosinone, Cassino
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At the end of World War II, dozens of Allies were killed by snipers from the peak of Monte Cassino. Each ground attack of the Allies failed. Eventually the Allies decided to drop 1400 tons of bombs on the monastery. The abbey founded in 529 by Saint Benedict was completely destroyed. Beautiful wall paintings and numerous works of art were lost. Afterwards it appeared that the Germans were not within the walls of the monastery but positioned around the monastery. The battle of Monte Cassino continued from January 15 to May 18, 1944.
Monte Cassino (sometimes written Montecassino) is a rocky hill about 130 kilometres (81 mi) southeast of Rome, Italy, 2 kilometres (1.2 mi) to the west of the town of Cassino (the Roman Casinum having been on the hill) and 520 m (1,706.04 ft) altitude. St. Benedict of Nursia established his first monastery, the source of the Benedictine Order, here around 529. It was the site of the Battle of Monte Cassino in 1944, where the building was destroyed by Allied bombing and rebuilt after the war. The site has been visited many times by the Popes and other senior clergy, including Pope Benedict XVI in May 2009. The monastery is one of the few remaining territorial abbeys within the Catholic Church. Until his resignation was accepted by Pope Francis on 12 June 2013, the Territorial Abbot of Monte Cassino was Pietro Vittorelli.